7 May 2009
Andrew Nicholl, R.H.A. (1804-1866)
The Teak Tree and a Travellers Tree, Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
inscribed 'Teak Tree, Ceylon' (on the reverse), 'The Teak tree - used in/ship building - & the Traveller's/Tree.' (on a label attached to the backboard) and numbered '25' (on a second label attached to the backboard)
pencil and watercolour
14¼ x 10 1/8 in. (36.2 x 25.7 cm.)
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Crookshank & Glin, The Watercolours of Ireland, 1994, p. 168, pl. 224.
The present drawing was executed during Nicholl's time in Ceylon (1845-1849/50). The fresh use of loose washes and the vibrant palette, are typical of Nicholl's paintings of Ceylon's native flora and fauna.
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