• View of Dresden at Sunset -
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    Signed lower right: WWyld

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour and stopping out

    18.2 by 29.2 cm., 7 by 11 ½ in.

     

    Provenance:

    With Thos Agnew & Sons, Manchester;

    Anonymous sale, Christie’s, 21st March 1989, lot 168;

    Private Collection, UK

     

    Exhibited:

    University of Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, Watercolour Exhibition, 1912, no.72

     

    This is a view of the left bank of the Elbe looking upstream with the Augustus Bridge to the left. The three visible monuments are, from left to right, the Frauenkirche (destroyed in World War II), the tower and nave of the Catholic Palace Church and the tower of the Dresden Schloss. Dresden was little visited by British artists in the nineteenth century. Thomas Shotter Boys was there in the early 1840s and Wyld’s visit seems to date from the late 1840s.

     

    Another version of this view by Wyld is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (see Marcia Pointon, Bonington, Francia and Wyld, 1985, no. 29, ill. A smaller version was sold as part of the collection of Gerald Bauer at Christie’s on 22nd January 2003, lot 57 for a hammer price of £6,500.

     

    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.

  • Piazza delle Erbe, Padua -
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    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
  • A Villa, Algiers -
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    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.

  • Shipping off the Coast -
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    signed lower left: W Wyld

    watercolour over pencil heightened with scratching out

    12.7 by 21.9cm., 5 by 8? inches

  • Venice -
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    Signed lower left

    Watercolour over pencil 

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

  • A Bridge over a Continental River -
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    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.

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