An original 1908 miniature watercolour painting, Conrad H.R. Carelli BWS Cathedral Interior, Calcutta, India.
This superb miniature watercolour in grisaille depicts priests kneeling in a church interior. This is presumed to be Calcutta Cathedral (another painting in grisaille by Conrad Carelli is of the exterior of Calcutta Cathedral). There is an inscription on the verso which does not apply to the recto.
In fine condition.
8.7cm x 12.3cm.
This work is from an outstanding collection by English watercolourist Conrad H.R. Carelli dates from 1907-8 and comprises miniature picturesque views mainly in the Middle and Far East.
Born in London into a well-known family of Neapolitan artists, Conrad Hector Raphael Carelli (1869-1956) was great-grandson of painter Settimio Carelli, follower of the style of Pompeo Battoni, in Apulia, Italy; grandson of Raffaele Carelli (1795-1864), painter of the School of Posillipo; and son of artist Gabriele Carelli (1821-1900) who moved from Italy to London, where he married an Englishwomen and Queen Victoria became one of his principal patrons.
Conrad Carelli studied in Paris at the Académie Julian in 1889, under William Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury. The Carelli family wintered in Menton on the French Riviera, and Conrad’s father Gabriele died there in 1900. For a while Conrad lived and exhibited at Menton.
Gabriele Carelli travelled regularly and extensively across Britain and Europe, and to North Africa and the Middle East. Conrad shared his father’s propensity to travel, and this collection of watercolours includes scenes in India, Egypt and modern-day Yemen, as well as in England and France. Conrad Carelli worked in a looser version of his father’s style, producing gem-like watercolours, capturing the look and feel of local terrain and architecture.
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Product code: JC-407