• Study of a country Cottage -
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    watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of white

    35.4 by 51.7cm., 14 by 20 1/4 inches

     

    This watercolour probably dates from one of his Scottish tours in the 1850s and may be a view taken on the island of Arran. Bright?s pupil John Middleton appears to have accompanied him to Kent in the summer of 1847 and stylistically the present watercolour is close to the work of Middleton

     

    Provenance:

    Albany Gallery, London, 1968

     

    Literature:

    Country Life, 14th March 1968, ill.

  • Cottages at Corrie, Isle of Arran -
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    signed lower centre and inscribed with title

    black chalk and stump

    24.6 by 36cm., 9 1/2 by 14 inches

     

    This typically strong pencil drawing by Bright probably dates from one of his Scottish trips in the 1850s and 1860s. Corrie is a small fishing village on the east coast of Arran, five miles north of Brodick

  • Trees by a River -
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    coloured chalks on buff paper

    23.7 by 35.8cm., 9 1/4 by 14 inches

     

    This is typical of Bright?s late style consisting of a drawing in chalk executed on a coloured paper

  • Near Dorking, Surrey -
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    signed lower left: HBright and inscribed with the title lower right

    black chalk and stump

    25.9 x 36.1 cm., 10 x 14 inches

     

    Bright was born in Saxmundham, Suffolk, the son of a clockmaker and was apprenticed to a chemist in Norwich before turning to drawing. He learnt drawing under Alfred Stannard and took lessons from John Sell Cotman. In 1836 he moved to Paddington and built up a successful drawing practice in London until 1858 when he returned to Saxmundham. He lived the last years of his life in Ipswich. This is typical of his drawings in its use of black chalk and stump.

  • Tal y Llyn, Wales -
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    Coloured chalks

    26.2 by 36.9 cm., 10 ? by 14 ? inches

       

    Tal y Llyn or Llyn Mwyngil, is a large glacial ribbon lake at the southern end of the Snowdonia mountain range.  The lake is situated at the foot of Cader Idris, whose slopes can be clearly seen flooded with the light of the setting sun.

  • The Serpentine, Hyde Park, London -
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    Signed lower left: From a sketch by the Honb Mrs Ca....ll/HB 1832

    Coloured chalks on buff paper

    26.5 by 43.5 cm, 10 by 17 inches

     

    The bridge over the Serpentine was built by George Rennie in 1826. The Serpentine is an artificial lake in the centre of Hyde Park which was built by Queen Caroline, a keen landscape gardener, in the 1730s.

  • A Wherry on the Norfolk Broads -
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    Signed lower right: HBright

    Black chalk

    243 x 347 mm., 9 x 13 in.

     

    Bright was born in Saxmundham, Suffolk, the son of a clockmaker and was apprenticed to a chemist in Norwich before turning to drawing. He learnt under Alfred Stannard and took lessons from John Sell Cotman. In 1836 he moved to Paddington and built up a successful drawing practice in London until 1858 when he returned to Saxmundham. He lived the last years of his life in Ipswich. He specialised in chalk drawings often on coloured paper.

     

    A similar drawing of a wherry by Bright is in Norwich Castle Museum (see Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, Henry Bright 1810-1873 - Paintings and Drawings in Norwich Castle Museum, 1986, p.93, no.75, ill.).

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