CHD, Village of Lake Dwellings - Original 1918 pen & ink drawing


An original 1918 pen & ink drawing, CHD Village of Lake Dwellings.

An exquisitely drawn scene of a village of lake dwellings built on wooden piles. Inscribed "Hoernes" in reference to Moriz Hoernes, the Austrian prehistorian. The location of the village is not identified. Hoernes's explorations focussed on Krain, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Initialled and dated lower right.
In excellent condition.
10.8cm x 17.2cm.

This work comes from a sketchbook of drawings by artist C.H.D. depicting scenes, architecture and objects from classical antiquity. Dating from 1918 to 1927, the drawings represent the popular fascination with the “Orient” in Britain at that time – fuelled by the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, and Britain’s control over much of the newly abolished Ottoman Empire. Although the perceived exoticism of the East was romanticised in art, music and literature at that time, these drawings are topographical in style: their outstanding detail and accuracy is achieved through the study of books on archaeology and ethnology, and viewing museum artefacts. As well as depicting scenes from ancient Egypt, Palestine, Babylon, Greece and Rome, the artist is also interested in objects from the British Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, drawing these with equal precision.


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