Birds and Butterflies - Original early 19th-century watercolour painting
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An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Birds and Butterflies.
A charming sheet of fine watercolours of natural history subjects.
There are some minor marks to the paper towards the right edge and lower right as shown; otherwise in good condition.
21.7cm x 32.5cm.
This work forms part of a collection of outstanding paintings and drawings from a leather-bound album dated 1821. The album, of unknown ownership, was evidently in the possession of a collector with an eye for works of the highest quality.
Including paintings in watercolour, and drawings, in graphite, charcoal and ink, many of the works are dated, to between 1817 and 1827.
Many of the works are signed, and they include watercolours by persons of note, such as Lady Susan Vernon Harcourt (wife of the naturalist Edward Vernon Harcourt) and the 2nd Earl of Warwick, George Greville. A number of the paintings are signed H. Fairfax, an artist of unknown identity and exceptional skill.
The landscape subjects cover a varied geography, with scenes in Bath and Hastings, Sussex as well as continental views. The collection also includes portraits, floral studies and animal subjects.
By virtue of being kept in an album, the works are in excellent condition; for the most part they have retained their original colours and not suffered the effects of exposure to light or wear and tear.