• A Rainbow over the river Avon -

    Signed lower right: On the Avon …… /Wm Delamotte  1801.

    Watercolour over pencil

    239 x 354 mm., 9 ¼ x 14  in.

  • The High Street, Oxford -

    signed lower right: High Street Oxford. W. End/W.A. Delamotte Delt 1839

    pencil and watercolour

    25.7 by 36.2cm, 10 by 14 1/4 inches


    This is a view looking west down Oxford High St. In the distance is the spire of St. Mary?s Church with All Soul?s College next to it and Queen?s College nearer to us. Opposite Queen?s, University College is just visible. The road to the left is Merton Street with a sign to ?King Dentist? ? the dentist Edward King was based at 18 Merton St until he moved to the High Street in 1841. Also on the south side of the street stands The Flying Horse at no.73 which was a well known pub and is now the Eastgate Hotel and G.H. Warburton, the Grocer?s is at no.72. On the north side of the street is visible, at no. 56, the shop of George and John Sargent who were Linen Drapers.


    Delamotte?s career was mainly spent in Oxford where he took over Malchair?s drawing practice. This drawing may relate to Delamotte?s 1843 publication ?Original Views of Oxford.? Mallalieu could have been describing the present drawing when he wrote: ?His drawings show the conscientious handling of a drawing master, with careful outlinings in soft pencil or pen, and thin, even washes of gentle colour? (Huon Mallalieu, Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists, 2002, vol. I, p.208)

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