C.M. Cholmeley, By the Dead Sea, Scott's "Talisman" - 1873 watercolour painting


An original 1873 watercolour painting, C.M. Cholmeley By the Dead Sea Sir Walter Scott's "Talisman".

A charming watercolour of an unusual subject inspired by Sir Walter Scott's novel set during the Third Crusade, "The Talisman".

The painting is dated and inscribed verso, and on an accompanying fragment of card, with a quotation from the novel: "The Talisman. He joyfully hailed the sight of two or three palm trees. August 1873. C.M.C.".

Minor age toning as shown.
12.3cm x 19.3cm.

This painting forms part of a collection of watercolours we have for sale by a pair of artists, C.M. Cholmeley and O.M. Cholmeley dating from 1872-5. The paintings are apparently connected with a sketching club or class: many are explorations of particular subjects or themes, such as Water, Rain, Reflection, Industry, Sports & Pastimes, Light & Shade and Artificial Light. Some of the paintings have multiple names inscribed on the verso, who were presumably members of the club or class. The artists, possibly siblings, were both also interested in literary subjects, painting scenes inspired by the poetry of Tennyson and Longfellow, the novels of Sir Walter Scott and plays of Shakespeare.

The overall charm of the paintings comes from their range of subjects and the artists’ individualistic interpretations of given themes, often with appealing narrative details bringing the landscapes to life, such as characterful figures, animals, buildings and boats.

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Product code: JF-013

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