• St Malo from the East, Brittany -

    signed on label originally attached to the backboard: St Malo/from the East/by/Alfred Herbert/23Westmorland St/49 Old Bailey/London/Price ?8.0.0

    watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour

    40 x 74.3cm., 15 ? x 29 ? inches



    Dublin, Royal Irish Art-Union, 1846


    In the Middle Ages, St Malo was a fortified island in the mouth of the River Rance and it still retains much of the old city walls although now connected to the mainland. In the fifteenth century it briefly declared independence from the rest of France and was well known as a home for pirates.

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