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    Sale 7635

    British Art on Paper

    10 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 70

    Myles Birket Foster, R.W.S. (1825-1899)

    Richmond on Thames; and The Tower of London

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    Myles Birket Foster, R.W.S. (1825-1899)
    Richmond on Thames; and The Tower of London
    signed with monogram (lower left)
    pencil and watercolour, one heightened with touches of white, one heightened with touches of bodycolour and with scratching out
    4 x 5½ in. (10.2 x 14 cm.)
    a pair (2)

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    Birket Foster, who moved from North Shields to London aged five, was apprenticed at the age of about sixteen to Ebenezer Landells (1808-1860), a leading wood engraver. He executed a number of watercolours of both the Tower of London and Richmond Park during his life, slightly varying the view or the details each time. A similar watercolour of the Tower of London was sold in these Rooms on 8 July 1997, which showed the same stretch of river and view of the Tower, but with a different arrangement of boats in the water below.

    A set of engravings published to accompany Richmond and other Poems by C. Ellis, brother of Sir J. Whittaker Ellis, Bt. (1829-1912), bears Landells' signature as engraver, but were in fact cut from Birket Foster's drawings, although his name is not recorded.

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    with Appleby Bros., London, 1969 (Tower of London).

    Pre-Lot Text