• Calshot Castle on the Solent -

    Watercolour over pencil on laid paper 12 by 21.5 cm., 4 3/4 by 8 1/2 in.

    Calshot Castle was built by Henry VIII to protect the mouth of the Solent. Another view of Calshot Castle by Cleveley is in the Yale Center for British Art.

    John Cleveley the Younger was the son of the shipwright turned artist, John Cleveley (c.1712-1777). He was taught to draw by Paul Sandby who was then teaching at the Woolwich Academy and first exhibited in 1767. He accompanied Sir Joseph Banks as official draughtsman on his voyage to the Hebrides, Orkneys and Iceland in 1772. He specialised in marine paintings in both oil and watercolour.
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