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    Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 189

    Andrew Nicholl, R.H.A. (1804-1886)

    The Governor's House, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

    Price Realised  

    Andrew Nicholl, R.H.A. (1804-1886)
    The Governor's House, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
    pencil and watercolour heightened with touches of bodycolour
    11¼ x 17¼ in. (28.5 x 43.8 cm.)


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    Andrew Nicholl's patron, Sir James Emerson Tennent (1804-1869), went to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) as Colonial Secretary in 1845. He arranged that Nicholl should accompany him and take up the the post of Teacher of Landscape Painting, Scientific Drawings and Design at the Colombo Academy. When not engaged with teaching, Nicholl travelled extensively with his parton, going as far as the ancient capital of Kandy (Crookshank & Glin, op. cit., p. 168). During these trips he made topographical sketches, which were used to illustrate Tennent's descriptive book about the island, published in 1860.

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