Thomas Shotter Boys, N.W.S. (London 1803-1874)
Rue de Couvent, Antwerp
signed with initials and dated 'TB/ 1830' (lower right) and inscribed 'Antwerp/ Rue de Couvent with the Priory' (verso)
pencil and watercolour
6 1/8 x 9 in. (15.6 x 22.8 cm.)
Henry Potts, by whom given in 1955 to
Mr and Mrs Prior.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 15 July 1999, lot 80, where purchased for the present collection.

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Lot Essay

On 27 October 1830, Antwerp was overtaken by the conflict of the Belgian revolution. Belgian troops entered the city to fight the Dutch garrison, and in the ensuing battle, the Dutch were driven into the citadel, from where they bombarded the city with shells. Here, Boys depicts the roofless shell of the Priory with both locals and soldiers surveying the damage.

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