Albert A. Harcourt, Native Woman with Axe-Late 19th-century watercolour painting


An original late 19th-century watercolour painting, Albert A. Harcourt Native Woman with Axe.

An intriguing watercolour painting of a native woman holding an axe, possibly drawn in India due to the image's similarity to other works in this collection. 

Foxing and overall age toning as shown. Large repaired tear running diagonally through the upper half, as shown. Rows of symbols and drawings in graphite present verso, likely a child's drawings, that are visible through the front as shown. Crease to the lower left corner. Additional creasing along the upper edge. Some paper loss along the lower right corner edge. Small square of glue and tape present verso. 
15.4cm x 12.2cm.

Albert A. Harcourt, of South Belgravia, London, clearly took a very keen interest in some of the visual spectacles that were available to him, as a late Victorian gentleman-about-town. Many of the studies in this collection depict the characters in popular plays and operettas that were on the London stage during the period, and a particular taste for the French-themed productions that were fashionable at the time, with their elaborate costumes.

Ships were clearly another of Harcourt’s interests: many different types of sailing vessel are depicted in the sketchbook, again with a real eye for detail. Finally, though an address in Belgravia would certainly have been convenient for visiting London’s theatres, Harcourt appears to have been extremely well travelled. One sketch of a ship in our collection is described as being made ‘off Cape Horn,’ while other works depict Native Americans, apparently in the United States. Other, later sketchbooks by Harcourt exist showing the various types of people to be found in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). Wherever he went, it seems, Harcourt was fascinated by variations in dress and appearance, and the means of travel around the world.

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Product code: JJ-056

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