• An Artist sketching at Hestercombe, Somerset -

    signed lower left: John Eagles and inscribed lower right: Hestercombe/1 Sep. 1834

    watercolour and bodycolour on brown paper

    55.3 by 40.8cm., 21 3/4 by 15 3/4 inches


    Hestercombe House is in the parish of West Monkton near Taunton and was originally built by the Warre family in the sixteenth century. In the eighteenth century the house was enlarged and was inherited by to the artist and landscape gardener Coplestone Warre Bampfylde (1720-1791), who laid out the gardens (as well as those at Stourhead). The gardens were subsequently redone by Gertrude Jekyll for the Portman family in 1904-07.


    Eagles was born in Bristol and went to school at Winchester before taking holy orders at Wadham College, Oxford. He was Vicar of Halberton, Devon from 1822 until 1835 when he returned to Winford, Bristol. He knew many of the Bristol School artists and was purportedly the first to use the phrase `Bristol School? in 1826. His work is normally unashamedly old-fashioned and often in brown wash ? however the present watercolour feels more modern in style and execution. It belonged to Leonard Duke, the well known watercolour collector, who owned another gouache of Hestercombe (D696), dated 2nd September 1834, which he bought from Colnaghi in 1945 and sold back to them in 1947



    Bought by L.G. Duke (D3160) from R.E. Abbott, May 1955, for ?5;

    L.G. Duke, his sale, Sotheby?s, February 1971, lot 70, with two other drawings by Eagles

  • On the River Frome at Stapleton, Bristol -

    On the River Frome at Stapleton, Bristol


    Inscribed verso: July 14. 1848/Stapleton

    Bodycolour over traces of pencil

    491 x 364 mm., 19 x 14 in.


    In the 19th century, Stapleton was a village on the river Frome north-east of Bristol and, like Leigh Woods, was a popular sketching area for Bristol School artists.

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