Steephill Castle, Ventnor, Isle of Wight -Late 19th-century watercolour painting


An original late 19th-century watercolour painting, Steephill Castle, Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

Executed in grisaille, this is a picturesque watercolour painting of Steephill Castle, near Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. Built in 1835 by John Hambrough on the site of an old country house estate, Steephill Castle was used as a private residence, then a hotel, until it was demolished in 1963. Verso there is a watercolour painting in sepia shades, of a boat sailing along a shore next to a country village church. 

Unsigned. Inscribed lower right: 'Steephill Castle, near Ventnor, Isle of Wight'. 
Foxing and age toning as shown and verso.  
8.9cm x 19.9cm.

This work is part of a series of small, picturesque works in ink and watercolour of nautical, seascape and coastal landscape views from the 1880s, mainly from the Isle of Wight. The pen and ink drawings are done with a delicately fine tipped pen in a linear, engraving type style. The watercolours work on a similar principle, focusing on minute gradations of tone and line in a harmonious balance for their size. Given the similarity between the style and detail, it is likely they were all done by the same steady hand, while on idyllic travels around the English coast.

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Product code: JF-509

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