• The Islands at Bolney on the Thames from Park Place -
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    Signed lower left: W HAVELL and signed and inscribed on original backing: The Islands at Boulney on the Thames/near Henley. WHavell

    Watercolour and bodycolour heightened with scratching out

    25.8 by 35.9 cm., 10 by 14 inches


    This is a view looking south from Park Place towards the small islands in the middle of the Thames at Bolney. Park Place, across the river from Henley-on-Thames is a large estate with a house originally dating from the early eighteenth century. Havell exhibited three views of or from Park Place at the Watercolour Society in 1827 of which this is almost certainly one. Another `View on the Thames from Park Place, Henley’, is recorded as in the collection of the Earl Cawdor and was the cover illustration in the 1982 Havell exhibition catalogue. The third, “Woodcutters at Park Place, Henley’ was sold at Christie’s on 5th July 2011, lot 166 for £30,000. Stylistically it is typical of his work of the late 1820s with particular use of bodycolour and scratching out.

     

    Exhibited:

    Probably London, Society of Painters in Water-colours, 1827, no. 135 as `Boulney on the Thames, taken from Park Place, Henley, Oxon’, sold for 10 guineas

  • Landscape with a Castle -
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    Grey washes over pencil on laid paper

    17.1 by 25.6 cm., 6 3/4 by 10 inches

     

    Provenance:

    With Thomas Agnews & Sons (no. 45093)

     

    This early drawing, dating from 1803-4, is almost certainly a sketching Society drawing and shows the influence of John Sell Cotman. The Sketching Society was a group of artists who would meet weekly in the evening in winter in order to draw their own version of a pre-ordained subject matter. Cotman and Havell were at the same meeting at least twice in late 1803 (see William Havell, exhibition catalogue, 1981, p. 36, no. 107) and Cotman’s version of this subject is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (see Jean Hamilton, The Sketching Society 1799-1851, 1971, pl. 6).

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