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19th Century Watercolours

john clare

Title: "French Monastery"

Artist: Attributed to William Callow (1812-1908)

Size:11.5" x 8"

Price: SOLD

A beautiful watercolour by a highly accomplished artist.

Unsigned but very much in the style of William Callow RWS. The colours used and treatment of the foliage all point to him. In good clean condition.

Title: "Betts-y-Coed"

Artist: John Burgess Jr (1814-1874)

Size: 22" x 15"

Price: £425

A splendid watercolour of a Mill at Betts-y-Coed in North Wales.

Painted c.1860, it is signed and inscribed verso.

The size and highly detailed finish to the painting suggest it was an exhibition piece.

In good clean unfaded condition.

A wonderful example of the genre.



Title: "At the Market"

Artist: Thomas Gray Hart (1797-1875)

Size: 12" x 16"

Price: £145

A beautiful watercolour over pencil of  a Woman with a basket,on the edge of a Market Square.

Painted c.1840, it is signed bottom left. In good condition, it has a little surface dirt but is otherwise fine.

The artist is listed in Mallalieus Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists as having been born in Fareham in Hampshire and was living in Southampton from 1825. He was also interested in Music and Cricket.  

Title: Possible portrait of the poet John Clare c.1840

Artist: Unknown

Size: 9” x 11.5"


A very interesting watercolour of a down at heel gentleman reading by a river painted c.1840. I believe it to be a portrait of the world renowned poet John Clare, portraits I have seen of him compare favourably with this. Clare was often to be seen wandering in the open air in shabby clothes. Bought in the East Midlands, not far from Clares home there is a good chance the sitter is meant to represent Clare himself. It is in good unfaded condition and will frame beautifully.

Fred Austin

Title: " A View from a Bridge”

Artist:  William Frederick Austin (1833-1899)

Size:    8" x 4.5"

Price:    £95

A beautiful gouache by an artist well known for Town scenes (usually pubs to pay the landlords bill) signed bottom right “Fred” Austin. He worked in Norwich, Derby and Reading. Examples of his work are in a number of Public collections. It has an arched top and dates to about 1870. There is a little oxidation in the sky but is otherwise in very good condition.

Title: "Santerem Portugal” c.1830

Size: 15" x 10"

Price: £145


A beautiful watercolour by a talented but unknown artist, painted c.1830.

 Inscribed beneath the old mount. Drawn from life it is in  good condition and will frame beautifully. There is some surface damage and fading but that is reflected in the price. A very nice period piece and quite rare to find a view of Portugal from this period.

Title: Riverside Willows c.1890

Artist: John William Buxton Knight RBA RCA RE


Size: 7" x 10"

Price: £175

An unsigned work but undoubtedly by him. The Maas gallery has one of his pieces in a recent exhibition which bears striking similarities to this,(the treatment of the trees, use of bodycolour and the artists palette).The card on which it is painted is a little discoloured and it has a few light foxmarks but it doesn’t detract too much from the image and it will frame beautifully.

J W B Knight