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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 61

    Raphael Lamar West (1769-1850)

    View of a broad valley with a distant settlement

    Price Realised  

    Raphael Lamar West (1769-1850)
    View of a broad valley with a distant settlement
    pen and black ink, watermark Strasburg lily, unframed
    13¾ x 19¼ in. (35 x 48.9 cm.)


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    This drawing almost certainly relates to Raphael's trip to New York State in 1798 (see lot 60), although the name of this valley and the small town in its midst are unknown. It is an excellent example of Raphael's precise, documentary draughtsmanship: the vegetation on the far mountain-slopes is indicated with speckling, and Raphael has recorded not only the details of towers and spires in the township in the middle-ground, but also the figures of a ploughman and his team working in a nearby field.

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    Provenance

    The artist's family, and by descent to
    Mrs P. Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, part of lot 39, where purchased by the present owner.