Soar Cottage, Brecon Beacons, South Wales - Original 1979 watercolour painting


An original 1979 watercolour painting, Soar Cottage, Brecon Beacons, South Wales.

A steadily drawn watercolour painting of the front elevation of Soar Cottage, in the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. An inscription on the outer cover of the sketchbook indicates that this was purchased much by an Agnes Yule in the 1920s, so it is likely that this was done by a later owner, hence the date of 1979 amidst a collection of works from the 1810s. 

Unsigned. Dated and Inscribed lower left: 'Soar Cottage, Brecon, 1979'.
Very minor foxing, but otherwise, in very good condition.
22.6cm x 26.5cm.

This work is one of an early-19th century collection of drawings and watercolours that came to us bearing the inscription ‘Anna Knowles, Englefield Green, 24 June 1810’. The Knowles family appears to have been entrenched in Englefield Green in Surrey for some generations, and had interesting connections with the satirical writer Thomas Love Peacock, and by extension, Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was a close confidante of Peacock’s.

The majority of the works in the collection appear to be by the hand of Anna herself, who was born in 1790 and married one of Peacock’s schoolmates, Joseph Gulston, in 1809. Interestingly, however, one painting is by the hand of Anna’s sister Cecilia (whose married name was Cecilia Gidoin Jenkins ) – who, it has recently been discovered, was the famous author of at least ten popular books, such as ‘Miss Alymer' and ‘The Smiths: A Novel’, published anonymously in the first half of the century. Her most well known work - the three volume 'Wedlock: Or Yesterday and Today' - provides a detailed account of her relationship with Thomas Love Peacock, who supposedly proposed to her at one point, and of their joint interactions with Shelley.

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Product code: JH-552

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