An unsigned piece that has all the hallmarks of James Duffield Harding.
I have had a number of drawings by him down the years and this is reminiscent of
those. It is a beautiful example of an early to mid 19thc drawing by a masterful
hand. Very confident use of pencil.
19th Century Drawings 2
Title: "The Govan Ferry 1866"
Artist: J R Prentice
Size: 15" x 11"
A beautiful chalk drawing of the Govan Ferry Glasgow by the listed Scottish artist
James Reid Prentice. It is signed with initials JRP and dated 21st May 1866. A fascinating
eyewitness drawing of a time when ferries plied the River Clyde and ships were built
using wooden scaffolding.
The paper has some surface damage but that is reflected in the price. It will frame
well. Verso is a drawing of Killiecrankie dated 2nd December 1865.
Title: "Derbyshire Landscape c.1820"
Size: 5.5" x 8"
An unsigned pencil and watercolour drawing that is a wonderful example of the genre.
Very confident use of the pencil. By a professional but unknown hand. Many artists
at this time didn’t sign their work. It is a little yellow with age and has lost
a lot of colour but will still frame beautifully.
Title: "A gentleman with his pipe"
Size: 6" x 3.5"
An interesting portrait which came from a collection of drawings of Italian Politicians
c.1860 so it may be possible to identify who it is.
In black chalk on blue paper the drawing has some delicate white heightening suggesting
it is by a professional hand.
The mood of the sitter has been captured brilliantly.
It is unsigned, as is often the case with drawings of this vintage.
Some minor foxing in places and 3 faint folds across the middle.