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    Watercolour and bodycolour

    14.8 by 22.1 cm., 5 ? by 8 ? inches

     

    Provenance:

    By descent in the family of the present owner since the 1960s

     

    John Cantiloe Joy more commonly collaborated with his brother William in producing carefully drawn, highly coloured, marine watercolours. This is a rarer view of J.C. Joy alone ? a similar watercolour by him was sold at Christie?s from the Bauer collection on 22nd January 2002, lot 62.

     

    The stone Round Tower was built in the 1490s during the reign of Henry VII and was the first stone structure built to defend the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. During Elizabethan times it was rebuilt with six gun ports for cannons, three of which can be seen in the picture. It was extended in height around the time of the Napoleonic Wars and still exists today.

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