Description & Technical information

Dated 1854 and likely drawn on a page from a small sketchbook, this view of dunes by the sea was probably drawn in September or October of that year, when Richmond is known to have taken a holiday in the town of Walton; probably the small seaside resort of Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex, on the east coast of England. The present sheet would appear to depict part of the Naze, a marshy headland projecting into the North Sea, just to the north of the town, which today contains a small nature reserve. This landscape sketch is comparable, in stylistic terms, with a handful of other watercolours by the artist, such as a study of a large tree which remained in the possession of Richmond’s descendants until 2001, or a view of Norbury Woods, Surrey, of 1860.

Date:  1854
Period:  19th century
Origin:  Walton
Medium: Watercolour, over traces of an underdrawing in pencil.
Signature: Signed with the artist’s initials GR in pencil at the lower right.
Inscribed and dated near. Walton / 1854 in pencil at the lower left. 

Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.3 cm (5³/₈ x 8³/₈ inches)
Provenance: James Mackinnon, London, in 2015
Matthew Rutenberg, New York.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints