C.A. Collis, Chalk Cliffs, Beer and Seaton - Original 1872 graphite drawing


An original 1872 graphite drawing, C.A. Collis Chalk Cliffs, Beer and Seaton.

A charming sketch from a British Tour by a Victorian lady. There is a partial graphite sketch on the verso of the paper.

Initialled and dated lower right.
The painting is accompanied by an inscription on a separate fragment of paper giving the location.
There are historic adhesive and paper remnants to the corners of the paper on the verso, which may have caused some toning to the corners on the front. The picture may have minor imperfections, such as slight marks, toning, foxing, creasing or pinholes, commensurate with age. Please see photos for detail.
11.5cm x 18.5cm.

This work forms part of a charming collection we have for sale representing the prolific travel sketches of a Victorian lady, spanning a period of over fifty years. C.A. Collis is believed to be Clara Maria Augusta Jane Collis (c.1826-1905), eldest daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Collis (1784-1849), who served - and was severely wounded - at the Battle of Talavera in Spain, during the Peninsula War. The Collis family lived at Upcott House near Taunton in Somerset, then, on Charles Collis’s death, moved to nearby Netherclay House. The collection includes drawings of these family homes, along with numerous landscape watercolours recording Clara’s extensive British tours. The works are predominantly in sepia and grisaille watercolour, and cover landscapes and landmarks of the South West - around Somerset, Devon and Cornwall - as well as further afield around Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Sussex, Wales and Ireland. There are also a small number of works by Clara’s sister, Sarianne Lucas Collis.

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