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Rudolf Swoboda (Austrian, 1859-1914)
Rudolf Swoboda (Austrian, 1859-1914)

A peep at the train, India

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Rudolf Swoboda (Austrian, 1859-1914)
A peep at the train, India
signed and dated 'Rudolf L. Swoboda 1892' (lower right)
pencil, watercolour on paper laid down on canvas
37 x 26¼ in. (94 x 66.8 cm.)

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Lot Essay

The present watercolour relates directly to 'A peep at the train' also known by its alternative title: 'Waiting for the train....Madras', the oil exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1892. The painting was bought by Queen Victoria and subsequently hung at Osborne House. It has remained in the Royal collection ever since (RCIN 403759).

The main elements of the composition are virtually similar: a group of native children and an elderly man are waiting by a barrier beside a railway line. In the background villagers are working at their crafts. There are variations visible in the composition, especially notable in the placement of the groups in the background, creating in the watercolour a more closed and intimate setting.

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