5 June 2003
Joshua Cristall, P.O.W.S. (1767-1847)
The beach at Ventnor, Isle of Wight
inscribed 'Ventnor' (lower right) and 'Mill Bayer [?]' (upper left) and signed 'Cristall' (on the reverse)
pencil and watercolour, watermark 'J WHATMAN/1810', on two joined sheets
8 x 20½ in. (20.3 x 52 cm.); with a pencil study (on the reverse)
with The Manning Gallery, London, 1967, where purchased by John Byng Kenrick, £136.
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It is uncertain as to whether Cristall visited the Isle of Wight at the instigation of his patron James Vine or whether he undertook a tour independently. He was working there in 1812 and exhibited eighteen watercolours of the area from 1813-1820.
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