William Capon (Norwich 1757-1827 Westminster)
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William Capon (Norwich 1757-1827 Westminster)

Astley's Amphitheatre of Equestrian Arts, London

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William Capon (Norwich 1757-1827 Westminster)
Astley's Amphitheatre of Equestrian Arts, London
signed, inscribed and dated 'drawing by Capon of Astley Amphitheatre in 1777/drawing made July 30th 1777' (lower centre) and further inscribed 'sketch by' (lower right)
pencil, pen and grey ink, ochre and grey wash, on paper
5¼ x 7½ in. (13.3 x 19 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 11 December 1990, lot 217.
Literature
North of England: Capon and Theatrical Scenes (catalogue not traced).
Captain A.V. Sutherland-Gaeme, F.S.A., 'Hashley's [sic.] Amphitheatre', Connoisseur, 1950, p. 186.
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Lot Essay

Sergeant-Major Philip Astley (1742-1814), of the 15th Light Horse Regiment, founded the famous equestrian theatre, based in Lambeth at the foot of Westminster Bridge, in 1770. The first permanent building, depicted in Capon's watercolour, was constructed in 1775, however, it burnt down in 1794. Capon also painted an interior view of the theatre in the same year illustrated in Captain A.V. Sutherland-Graeme's article in Connoisseur listed above.

See lot 45 for an oil painting by Capon.

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