Dr. Joachim Pissarro will include this work in his forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of Drawings by Camille Pissarro.
Pissarro’s earliest relationship with drawing was formed in the Caribbean and Venezuela, where the light and colors, as well as subject matter, anticipated future developments in his career. The present watercolor depicts a harbor in St. Thomas, identifiable by the landscape and observation tower on the hill at the left side of the work. Pissarro was born in St. Thomas and spent his childhood on the island, before leaving for good in 1855 to study art in Paris. The handling and precision of execution in this work demonstrates Pissarro’s innate abilities as a draughtsman.