Conrad H.R. Carelli, Baleshwari River, Bangladesh - Original 1908 watercolour

An original 1908 watercolour painting, Conrad H.R. Carelli Baleshwari River, Bangladesh.

This watercolour depicts a beautiful sunset view on the River Baleshwari in Bangladesh. The painting shimmers with sultry warmth, with a small boat under sail and tropical vegetation, the river bordering on the east the largest mangrove forest in the world. Conrad Canelli has painted this view in situ from on board on board SS Alice.

The inscription pictured was on the facing page in a sketchbook, but please note that this does not come with the painting. There is an additional painting on the verso of a striking moonlit river view at the village of Pirozpur in West Bengal.

In fine condition.
8.6cm x 12.4cm.

This work is from an outstanding collection by English watercolourist Conrad H.R. Carelli dates from 1907-8 and comprises miniature picturesque views mainly in the Middle and Far East.

Born in London into a well-known family of Neapolitan artists, Conrad Hector Raphael Carelli (1869-1956) was great-grandson of painter Settimio Carelli, follower of the style of Pompeo Battoni, in Apulia, Italy; grandson of Raffaele Carelli (1795-1864), painter of the School of Posillipo; and son of artist Gabriele Carelli (1821-1900) who moved from Italy to London, where he married an Englishwomen and Queen Victoria became one of his principal patrons.

Conrad Carelli studied in Paris at the Académie Julian in 1889, under William Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury. The Carelli family wintered in Menton on the French Riviera, and Conrad’s father Gabriele died there in 1900. For a while Conrad lived and exhibited at Menton.

Gabriele Carelli travelled regularly and extensively across Britain and Europe, and to North Africa and the Middle East. Conrad shared his father’s propensity to travel, and this collection of watercolours includes scenes in India, Egypt and modern-day Yemen, as well as in England and France. Conrad Carelli worked in a looser version of his father’s style, producing gem-like watercolours, capturing the look and feel of local terrain and architecture.

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