• View of Caerphilly Castle, South Wales -
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    Signed lower right: MRooker 1796

    Watercolour over pencil

    27.8 by 37.1 cm., 11 by 14 5/8 inches

     

    Provenance:

    By descent in the Burney Family until 2011

     

    This shows Caerphilly Castle which stands seven miles north of Cardiff and was one of the most visited castles in Wales in the eighteenth century. The north-west tower is in the foreground with the inner gatehouse behind to the left and part of the great moat at the left edge.  Rooker here depicts the less familiar side ? the famous leaning tower is not visible although it is included in a watercolour in the Fitzwilliam Museum (see Patrick Conner, Michelangelo Rooker, 1984, p. 68, ill.). Part of the castle was restored by the Marquess of Bute and it now has a roof.

     

    We are grateful to Tom Lloyd for identifying the castle.

  • A Farmhouse by a Country Road -
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    Signed with initials lower right

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour on laid paper 

    23.6 by 29.8 cm., 9 1/4 by 11 3/4 inches

  • At Braintree, Essex -
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    Indistinctly inscribed lower right: The Great...... and verso: at Braintree, Efsex

    Pen and grey ink and washes over traces of pencil

    20.2 by 29.4 cm., 8 by 11 ˝ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, 15th June 2000, lot 231, where bought the present owner

     

    This is a view of St. Michael’s church, Braintree, which stands on the corner of South Street and High Street. 

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