• The Customs House, Margate -

    Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour on laid paper

    18 by 25.5 cm., 7 by 10 in.



    With J.S. Maas & Co, London, 1961


    Keate was a poet, writer and amateur artist. After time in Geneva, where he befriended Voltaire, and Rome, he settled in London where he trained as a lawyer but never practised.

    Keate exhibited a Margate view at the Royal Academy in 1772 and published engravings of Margate in 1779 in `Sketches from Nature; taken, and coloured, in a Journey to Margate’. His daughter Georgiana married John Henderson, the early patron of Girtin and Turner.

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