An original early 19th-century grisaille graphite drawing, Castledermot Abbey, County Kildare.
A striking drawing in graphite, producing a grisaille effect, showing the ruined Franciscan friary in Castledermot, County Kildare. On thin card.
Unsigned. Inscribed lower left, centre and verso: 'From H.J. Dermott's Abbey Kildare'. Inscribed verso as shown.
There is some staining to the lower left corner and left edge of the sheet, as shown. There are paper remnants on the verso, from historically being laid down.
8.9cm x 12.5cm.
This work is a delightful example of a Victorian 'friendship picture' and is one of a collection of such works that we have for sale. Varied and often small in scale, they represent the Victorian art of collecting original artworks as mementoes of friendship and exchange. As such, they take on a particularly intimate charm and reflect the relationships and interests of their past owners. The works of art would often meditate on the value of friendship, communicating values of loyalty and steadfastness, and feature a whole range of subjects and media – including botanical and animal studies, nautical scenes, landscapes, military subjects and small portraits – all with some personal connection to the owner. Taken as a whole, these works are a fascinating record of Victorian popular tastes and culture.
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Product code: JM-384