The Gipsies by George Warwick Smith of Derby c1810.
Watercolour on paper, framed and glazed, unsigned. Dimensions : Frame : 419mm x 335mm x 15mm. Image : 300mm x 215mm. Weight : 1.150kg net. Condition : Good.
The Gipsies, watercolour on textured paper, by George (John) Warwick Smith of Derby, c1810, unsigned. Framed and glazed with note on the back of the frame.
Dimensions : Frame : 419mm x 335mm x 15mm. Image : 300mm x 215mm.
The watercolour depicts a group of gipsies resting with their donkeys in a barren countryside probably in Italy. The style of the painting is typical of Warwick Smith contrasting the group of people with the empty expanse surrounding them, concentrating particularly on the donkey. The flowing contours of the land and the cloth roll in the foreground are also typical of his style. The strong, sombre colours are also common to his work.
Condition/Notes : The painting is in good condition displayed beneath a plain mount. There is some light foxing in the sky which can be expected on a painting of this age. On close examination the original pencil sketching can be seen in places outlining the painting. The mount is in quite good condition with toning to the cut window edges and general toning in the surround. The gilt frame is sturdy and in quite good condition except for a chip at 30mm down from the top rh corner. The back of the frame is covered with a card backing held in place by clips, points and gummed framing tape. There is an old label attached with ink handscript "The Gipsies" Painted by George Warwick Smith. This label appears to have been cut from a larger sheet which probably was the original backing which appears to have been removed at some time. There is some water-staining marks to the card backing towards the lh side. It is interesting to note that the artist's name has been written as George instead of the correct John.