22 January 2003
John Laporte (1761-1839)
A distant view of Edinburgh from the north-east showing the Castle, St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile and Salisbury Crags
inscribed 'View of Edin.' (on the mount, over-mounted)
watercolour and bodycolour on buff paper, within the artist's black-line border
6½ x 9 in. (16.5 x 22.8 cm.)
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 13 July 1989, lot 3.
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G. Bauer, Le Siècle d'Or de l'Aquarelle Anglaise, Anthèse, France, 1998, p. 64, pl. 71, illustrated in colour.
The work of John Laporte shows the influence of earlier masters on watercolour painters at the end of the 18th Century. Laporte took Dr Monro as a pupil and was active in his academy. Paul Sandby's influence is clearly seen in Laporte's bodycolour work, and a less obvious source of inspiration was Thomas Gainsborough: Laporte published A Collection of Prints Illustrative of English Scenery from the Drawings and Sketches of Thomas Gainsborough, London, 1802, with W.F. Wells.
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