Bridge over the Bosphorus, watercolour on paper, signed by Hal Hurst (British 1865-1938). Framed and glazed. Dimensions : Frame : 333mm x 306mm x 30mm. Image : 298mm x 270mm.
Condition/Notes : The watercolour painting, Impressionist in style, depicts the Bosphorus Bridge at Istanbul with the Ortakoy Mosque in the background and figures passing a woman begging. Flags are fluttering above the figures and the painting captures the movement of the passing crowds on this very famous bridge. The colours are vibrant. The painting is signed by the artist, Hal Hurst RA, in the lower lh corner in his usual manner. The watercolour is generally in good condition with strong colour and no foxing or moisture ingress. Along the lower edge of the painting, below the signature, and along the top edge, there is what appears to be remnants of a mount board edge which may have been removed at some time probably in search of further script or date. This has not caused any damage to the painting and I'm surprised it wasn't removed completely prior to the framing. The signature is in light script but clearly identifiable but I can see RA rather than RI following the signature. No sign of any date. The heavy wooden frame is recessed and in sound condition. Glazing is clear although some light speckling on the inside in the sky area. The back of the frame is protected with a board held by panel pins and covered with gummed brown paper which has split along the frame edges in places. "Bridge over the Bosphorus by Hal Hurst" is written in handscript and a label is attached with type-written "Bridge Over The Bosphorus" by Hal Hurst. R.I. below the script. There is a faded framer's ink stamp below this "Norman Bennett Picture Framers and .......... 6A Wellowgate Grimsby Lincs". Screw-eyes and a twisted wire are attached. Generally an interesting watercolour by this famous artist.