• The Bahriye Nezareti and the Naval Hospital on the Golden Horn, Constantinople -
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    watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and stopping out

    27.7 by 42.6cm, 10 3/4 by 16 3/4 inches

     

    The Bahriye Nezareti was built by Ahmet I in 1603-17. The current building on this site is the Ottoman Admiralty built in the 1860s. This was also the site of the Tersane or Ottoman Naval Arsenal founded in Fatih. In the 16th and 17th centuries it could accommodate 120 ships. To the far right is the Naval Hospital built in 1785 and still used by the Navy today.

     

    This picture comes from a descendent of Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker who presumably commissioned them directly from the artist. Walker was an English naval officer who, with the permission of the Admiralty, accepted a command in the Turkish navy in the late 1830s where he was known as Walker Bey and later Yavir Pasha. Walker afterwards commanded the Turkish squadron at Acre, for which service he was nominated a K.C.B. in 1841. He became Surveyor of the British Navy from 1848 until 1861

     

    Provenance:

    Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker, KCB (1802-1876);

    By descent until 2007

  • View of Constantinople from across the Golden Horn -
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    signed lower left: W. Purser

    watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour

    27.7 by 42.6cm, 10 3/4 by 16 1/2 inches

     

    This view is taken from near the cemetery of Kulaksiz Mezarligi which is visible to the left of the present watercolour. To the extreme left is the Galata Tower with the Naval Hospital to its right.

     

    This picture comes from a descendent of Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker who presumably commissioned them directly from the artist. Walker was an English naval officer who, with the permission of the Admiralty, accepted a command in the Turkish navy in the late 1830s where he was known as Walker Bey and later Yavir Pasha. Walker afterwards commanded the Turkish squadron at Acre, for which service he was nominated a K.C.B. in 1841. He became Surveyor of the British Navy from 1848 until 1861

     

    Provenance:

    Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker, KCB (1802-1876);

    By descent until 2007

  • A street scene, Constantinople -
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    signed lower right: W. Purser

    watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour

    27.7 by 42.8cm, 10 3/4 by 16 3/4 inches

     

    Purser was a painter and architect who trained at the Royal Academy Schools. From 1817 until 1820 he travelled in Italy and Greece acting as draughtsman to the architect George Ledwell Taylor. In the 1820s and 30s he visited Turkey and the Near East.

     

    This picture comes from a descendent of Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker who presumably commissioned them directly from the artist.  Walker was an English naval officer who, with the permission of the Admiralty, accepted a command in the Turkish navy in the late 1830s where he was known as Walker Bey and later Yavir Pasha. Walker afterwards commanded the Turkish squadron at Acre, for which service he was nominated a K.C.B. in 1841. He became Surveyor of the British Navy from 1848 until 1861.

     

    Provenance:

    Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker, KCB (1802-1876);

    By descent until 2007

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