Alnwick Castle & the River Aln - Original mid-19th-century watercolour painting


£42.00



An original mid-19th-century watercolour painting, Alnwick Castle & the River Aln.

This attractive watercolour combines carefully observed detail with a beautifully loose handling of paint.

Unsigned. Inscribed verso and on a separate fragment of paper with location.
In good condition for its age. The picture may have minor imperfections, such as slight marks, toning, foxing, creasing or pinholes, commensurate with age. Please see photos for detail. There are historic glue marks to the corners on the verso.
16.5cm x 34.7cm.
Unframed.

This painting is one of an evocative collection of 19th-century works that we have for sale, which brings together Romantic depictions of abbeys, cathedrals and castles, from across the British Isles - including Ely, Rochester, Ripon and Durham, as well as Jedburgh, Kelso, Roslin and Roxburgh north of the border. The late nineteenth century saw an explosion in internal travel within the UK, fuelled by the newly built railways, and leading to a rediscovery of aspects of British history. Former abbeys and castles were a particular draw – with their sublime architecture fallen into dilapidation, they were a prime site for those travellers and artists with a Romantic taste for picturesque ruin. Our artist favoured the sights of Scotland in particular, its abbeys evoking the pious Medieval Scotland that was the subject of many novels by Sir Walter Scott. The freshness and loose handling of the paintings in our collection would seem to confirm that they were made on the spot, and as such are direct witnesses to what they show.

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Product code: JL-231


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