An original 19th-century watercolour painting, Alhambra, Granada, Spain.
This impressive large scale work in watercolour and gouache, measuring approximately 45 x 65cm, depicts a majestic view across rooftops and the Darro valley towards the fortress of the Alhambra. The format and scene recall the work of German watercolour painter Carl Friedrich Heinrich Werner (1808–1894), who travelled through Spain in 1856-7. The beauty of the Alhambra had inspired European scholars and artists from the early 19th century, including Orientalist artists such as David Roberts. This painting, however, has less of a topographical or narrative nature and more of an atmospheric and Romantic sensibility. The colour palette is warm and evocative, and the sweeping scope of the painting encompasses the sublime vista from river bed to the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
On heavy watercolour paper. On the verso has historically been stuck down on a backing sheet, which has left adhesive and paper remnants across the verso, as shown, which do not adversely affect the front.
There is some rubbing to the paint surface, particularly to the sky area, and a number of light scratches, the most visible being at the upper left. There are a small number of spots of foxing, upper centre, and three vertical bands of toning to the paper, mainly visible on the verso.
45cm x 66.4cm.
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Product code: JK-934