Conrad H.R. Carelli, Red Fort, Delhi, India - Original 1908 watercolour painting

An original 1908 watercolour painting, Conrad H.R. Carelli Red Fort, Delhi, India.

This delicate and detailed watercolour in grisaille depicts the Delhi Gate in the southern wall of the Red Fort in Delhi. The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857. Beneath the Fort the artist has painted figures crouching, including Bengali women.

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 inscription on the verso which does not apply to the recto.

Generally in fine condition; the odd minor spot of foxing as shown.
8.6cm x 12.2cm.

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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Product code: JC-425

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