Laura Burrard, Itchen Boats off Calshot -Early 19th-century watercolour painting


An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Laura Burrand Itchen Boats off Calshot.

This fine watercolour is by Laura Burrard (d.1880), member of the important Burrard family of Lymington, Hampshire. Laura Burrard was daughter of General Sir Harry Burrard, 1st Baronet of Lymington and Governor of Calshot Castle.

A talented artist, Laura's botanical watercolours are in the collection of the National History Museum in London (and featured in their 2014 exhibition Images of Nature).

Laura's cousin was the poet Caroline Anne Bowles (who married Poet Laureate Robert Southey) – by whom we also have watercolours for sale, from the same collection.

On laid paper, with partial 1809 watermark. Laid down on backing paper.

Inscribed with artist name lower right on backing paper. Inscribed lower centre on backing sheet: 'Itchen Boats. off Calshot'.
In good condition for its age.
11.3cm x 19.8cm.

This picture forms part of a fascinating collection of largely early 19th-century works we have for sale connected with the important Burrard family of Lymington. Taken as a whole, the collection tells of the family’s artistic talents, including that of artist and seaman Admiral Sir Charles Burrard; Laura Burrard, whose drawings are in the National History Museum; and poet Caroline Anne Bowles, future wife of Poet Laureate Robert Southey. They picture the places in Hampshire where the family grew up and which remained significant to the Burrards through the 19th century, along with Naval subjects, evidencing the importance of Naval achievement in the family’s history. In addition, there are some unusual subjects relating to New World exploration, forming a fascinating record of contemporary interest in this amongst the English ruling classes at this time.

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Product code: JK-293

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