Description & Technical information

The present sheet was drawn during the summer of 1845 at Ariccia, a town near Lake Nemi in the Roman Campagna, south of the city. The plant depicted in this watercolour is a flowering plant known as a Verbascum or Mullein.

Among stylistically comparable nature studies by Cromek is a drawing of A Branch with Leaves, among the many watercolours by the artist today in the possession of his great-grandson, Wilfrid Warrington. A similar watercolour study of a mullein, inscribed and dated ‘Ariccia July 29, 1848’ is also in the collection of Cromek’s descendants.

Date:  1845
Period:  1750-1850, 19th century
Origin:  England
Medium: Watercolour, Pencil underdrawing
Signature: Signed, inscribed and dated T.H. CROMEK / Ariccia / 11 Augt. 1845. at the bottom centre.

Dimensions: 18.3 x 20.8 cm (7¹/₄ x 8¹/₄ inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints