• The Interior of Winchester Cathedral -
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    Signed lower left: L. Francia 1803 and inscribed on reverse of original mount: Inside view of Winchester/Cathedral made for/Sir Henry Englefield Bart/by L Francia 1803, with original pen and ink border

    190 x 128 mm., 7 ½ x 5 in.

     

    Provenance:

    Drawn for Sir Henry Englefield (1752-1822), 1803

     

    Sir Henry Englefied was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and between 1797 and 1813 he commissioned a series of engravings of English cathedrals. The present drawing probably relates to this series.

     

    This is likely to be one of two interior views exhibited by Francia at the Royal Academy in 1804, no.652 as `Two views of interiors: no. 1 Winchester; no.2 Christ's Church, Hants.' For another interior view by Francia from this period, see Marcia Pointon, Bonington, Francia & Wyld, 1985, p.105, no.6, ill.

  • The West Gate and Obelisk, Winchester -
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    Signed lower left: L.Francia 1804 and again with initials on reverse of original mount: West Gate/& obelisk/Winchester/Hants/LF/1804

    Watercolour over pencil

    193 x 125 mm., 7 ½ x 4 ¾ in.

     

    The Obelisk was built just outside the West Gate, Winchester, in 1759 by the Natives’ Society. It commemorates the spot where the townspeople of Winchester traded with country folk during the Plague of 1666.

  • Landscape with River, a Windmill and Town beyond -
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    Grey washes

    9 by 15.9 cm., 3 ½  by 6 ¼ in.

     

    This dates from 1805-10.

  • The Cave at Freshwater, Isle of Wight -
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    Signed lower centre: L FRANCIA

    Watercolour over pencil

    8 by 16.3 cm., 3 by 6 ½ in.

     

    Provenance:

    R.N. Ponsonby, 1963;

    With Spinks, London, where bought by Dewhurst, 16th September 1964;

    With Abbott and Holder, circa 1980;

    Private Collection, UK

     

    Born in Calais, Francia first came to England in 1795, the year he first exhibited at the Royal Academy. He was a fellow student of Girtin at Dr Monro’s and his influence is evident on his work. In 1805 he set up as a drawing master in Kensington and returned to Calais in 1817 where he taught the young Bonington. Anthony Reed has dated this drawing to 1806-7 when Francia visited the Isle of Wight.

  • The Calais Fishing Fleet setting sail: Grey Morning -
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    Signed on pier: L. Francia

    Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with bodycolour

    11.7 by 1.7 cm., 4 ¾ by 7 ½ in.

     

    Provenance:

    With Anthony Reed, Cork St., London, 1985;

    Bought by the present owner at Abbott and Holder, London, 2004

     

    Literature:

    Anthony Reed, Louis Francia and his son Alexandre, 1985, no.43, ill. p.79;

    Gerald Bauer, The Eloquence of Watercolour - the Genius of Bonington's Contemporaries, 2003, ill. no.39

     

    Exhibited:

    London, Anthony Reed, 3 Cork St., Louis Francia and his son Alexandre, 1st to 23rd October 1985, no.43

    Born in Calais, Francia moved to London in 1790 and soon afterwards was employed as a teaching assistant at J.C. Barrow’s drawing academy. By 1795, he was exhibiting at the Royal Academy and in 1805 he set up as a drawing master in Kensington. In 1817, having failed to gain election as an Associate of the Royal Academy the previous year, he returned to Calais as Secretary to the British Consul there, where he remained for the rest of his life. At the end of 1817, Bonington moved to Calais with his family and soon encountered Francia who gave him lessons. Anthony Reed (op. cit.) dates the present watercolour to circa 1830. 

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