7 May 2009
Andrew Nicholl, R.H.A. (1804-1886)
A view of the fortifications from Galle Face, Colombo, Sri Lanka
inscribed indistinctly 'The fortifications of Colombo, from the Galle Face Colombo,/Christmas Day in Ceylon' (on the reverse)
pencil and watercolour heightened with scratching out and touches of white heightening
17½ x 28 7/8 in. (44.5 x 73.4 cm.)
in original frame
With Hazlitt Gooden & Fox, London.
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Crookshank & Glin, The Watercolours of Ireland, 1994, p. 169, pl. 225.
The present watercolour shows a shrine in Colombo with a figure in native dress. The city's ancient fortifications can be seen retreating into the horizon and a frieze of convolvulus dominates the foreground. This frieze effect is reminiscent of his Dublin flower paintings of the 1830s.
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