An original 1907 watercolour painting, Conrad H.R. Carelli Karachi Harbour, Pakistan from SS Imperator.
This superb miniature watercolour, painted in jewel-like tones, depicts a view across the harbour at Karachi in Pakistan at the beginning of the 20th century, as viewed from on board SS Imperator alongside the quay.
For information, we have photographed the inscription that was on the facing page in a sketchbook, but please note that this does not come with the painting: 'Karrachee town from harbour (on board SS Imperator) alongside Quay. Dec 4/07'.
Please note that there is an inscription on the verso of the painting (also pictured) which does not apply to the front.
The painting is presented in an attractive double mount, as shown. It is one of a series of five similar Indian subjects by Conrad H.R. Carelli (1869-1956) that we have for sale.
In good condition for its age. Some very minor age toning across the sheet and the odd faint spot of foxing.
Image: 8.4cm x 12cm.
Mount: 16 x 19.7 cm. Unframed.
This work is from an outstanding collection of pictures that we have for sale by English watercolourist Conrad H.R. Carelli.
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, and Conrad shared his father’s propensity to travel. He 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: JM-789