C.F.W., Nun Attending to her Charge -Original late 19th-century sanguine drawing




An original late 19th-century sanguine drawing, C.F.W. Nun Attending to her Charge.

An exquisite pen and ink drawing, in sanguine ink, of a nun attending to her female charge in a religious abbey or monastery, executed in a Pre-Raphaelite style. This work came to us in a collection of drawings bearing the signature of one Albert A. Harcourt. 

Monogrammed lower right.
Very minor foxing and light overall age toning as shown. Small pinhole in he upper centre, near the nun's head. Glue and paper remnants in all corners verso, due to previous historical mounting. Otherwise, in good condition.
17.7cm x 12.5cm.
Unframed.

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-044


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