• Venice -

    Signed lower left

    Watercolour over pencil 

    5.7 x 18 cm., 2 ? x 7 in.

  • A Bridge over a Continental River -

    Signed lower right

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour

    10.4 x 15.6 cm., 4 x 6 in.


    Wyld travelled extensively in Europe and this may be a view on the Rhine.

  • Figures on a Beach, Northern France -

    Signed on barrel lower right: W Wyld 1832

    Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with bodycolour, gum arabic, scratching out and stopping out

    50.3 by 73.8 cm., 19 ¾ by 29 in.



    Miss B.A. Thorpe, his sale, Sotheby’s, 20th July 1978, lot 141


    This early work dates from the period that Wyld was living in Epernay, France. In 1826 he was asked by a London-based wine importer to set up a branch in France and he remained there for six years making regular trips to Paris and the French coast. In 1833, Wyld's younger brother took over his job in Epernay and he set off on a sketching tour to Algiers where he remained for six months.


    A watercolour of the same size and similar composition. `View of Algiers' is in the Musee Boucher de Parthes, Abbeville (see Marcia Pointon, Bonington, Francia & Wyld, 1985, p.73, ill. as fig. 35).  This work shows the early influence of Bonington on Wyld’s work. He knew Bonington’s father while working in Calais in the 1820s and took lessons in watercolours from Francia, another important influence.

  • Piazza delle Erbe, Padua -

    signed lower right: W Wyld
    watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour
    30.3 by 22.3cm., 12 by 8 3/4 inches

    The building to the left is the Palazzo della Ragione originally built by the Commune of Padua in 1218 as the seat of local council and the law courts. The Piazza is still the site of a daily market
  • Shipping off the Coast -

    signed lower left: W Wyld

    watercolour over pencil heightened with scratching out

    12.7 by 21.9cm., 5 by 8? inches

  • A Villa, Algiers -

    signed lower left

    watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic

    6.4 by 9cm., 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches


    A diplomat and later wine-merchant who spent most of his life in France, Wyld began his career in 1826 as Secretary to the British Consul in Calais, where he was a pupil of Francia. Strongly influenced by Bonington whose work he knew, Wyld visited Algeria in 1833 in the company of the French artist Horace Vernet.

  • View of Dresden at Sunset -

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