Mrs Levett, Picturesque Coastal View - Early 19th-century grisaille painting

An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Mrs Levett Picturesque Coastal Cliff View.

This fine watercolour in grisaille is by Mrs Levett - who was connected with the important Burrard family of Lymington, Hampshire and the poet Caroline Anne Bowles (who married Poet Laureate Robert Southey). It is likely that this is Frances Levett, wife of Reverend Edward Levett of Hampstead, who was a Westminster school friend of Robert Southey. Caroline Anne Bowles herself painted in her youth, and received instruction from local curate William Gilpin. This painting by Mrs Levett shows an appreciation of Gilpin's 'principles of picturesque beauty'.

One of a pair of grisaille watercolours we have for sale by this artist. On watercolour card, laid down on backing paper.

Inscribed with artist name lower right on backing paper.
In good condition for its age.
11.2cm x 15.2cm.

This picture forms part of a fascinating collection of largely early 19th-century works we have for sale connected with the important Burrard family of Lymington. Taken as a whole, the collection tells of the family’s artistic talents, including that of artist and seaman Admiral Sir Charles Burrard; Laura Burrard, whose drawings are in the National History Museum; and poet Caroline Anne Bowles, future wife of Poet Laureate Robert Southey. They picture the places in Hampshire where the family grew up and which remained significant to the Burrards through the 19th century, along with Naval subjects, evidencing the importance of Naval achievement in the family’s history. In addition, there are some unusual subjects relating to New World exploration, forming a fascinating record of contemporary interest in this amongst the English ruling classes at this time.

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Product code: JK-295

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