An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Attrib. John Henderson Houses by a River.
A highly accomplished watercolour painting showing houses and trees by a river. This picture closely shares stylistic features with others in this collection that are the work of the celebrated landscape painter John Henderson (1764 - 1843). As well as being a fine artist himself, Henderson was an early patron of Thomas Girtin and JMW Turner.
In good condition for its age.
13.2cm x 9.2cm.
John Henderson Senior (1764-1843) was a collector and artist and an early patron of Thomas Girtin and J.M.W. Turner. Henderson was a neighbour on Adelphi Terrace, London, of Dr Thomas Monro who commissioned work from both Turner and Girtin in the early to mid-1790s. Henderson often commissioned Girtin and Turner to copy his own work, which the young artists did also by way of a lesson in drawing.
There are a number of watercolours by Henderson in the British Museum, and sketches in the Tate collection, where there are also works by Turner titled ‘after Henderson’. John Henderson’s son, also John, was an important collector who bequeathed a large collection of works, including Girtin watercolours, to the British Museum and Old Masters to the National Gallery, London.
This work comes from a Victorian album containing a wide variety of watercolour paintings and pencil sketches, all from the early decades of the nineteenth century, and many with a connection to India.
The album seems to have belonged to an HS Bryant: one of its pages is inscribed ‘HS Bryant’s diary,’ while another (also signed HS Bryant) relates the circumstances in which a sketch was made, and others are attributed to ‘my mother, Lady Bryant.’ Given the connections of many of these pictures to Simla in India, this would seem to be a reference to Elizabeth, Lady Bryant, who was the wife of Major General Sir Jeremiah Bryant CB (1783 - 1845), an officer in the Bengal Army. That would make HS Bryant the artist Henry Bryant, who was born in India, and painted many Indian landscape views.
Bryant seems to have collected many of these pictures for their personal connection to himself: there are sketches by his mother, and others that he seems to have made himself, showing the places he visited. At the same time, he seems to have had a keen eye for high quality work produced by other artists. Among the works in this collection are ones by some prominent nineteenth century artists, including Sir Charles D’Oyly, Sir Richard Westmacott, John Lewis Roget, and John Henderson.
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Product code: JG-195