The Pool of London, watercolour on paper, signed KEH (K.E.Howarth), c1899. SOLD.
Watercolour on paper, framed and glazed. Dimensions : Frame : 759mm x 290mm x 20mm. Image : 695mm x 225mm. Weight : 1.750kg net. Condition : Good.
Pool of London, watercolour on paper, framed and glazed. Signed in lower rh corner monogram KEH (K.E. Howarth).
Dimensions : Frame : 759mm x 290mm x 20mm. Image : 695mm x 225mm.
Condition /Notes : Good. The watercolour on paper painting is in good condition with strong colour. The scene depicts the Pool of London in Impressionistic style with many ships and Tower Bridge in the background. The scene brings back the bustle of late 19th Century London Docks which cannot be recognized today apart from the famous landmark. The painting is accompanied by two photographs : one of this painting prior to being reframed, clearly showing the previous frame mark around the edges and another of the inscription on the back of the painting which states "S and L Macfarlane, April, 1899 From K.E. Howarth" in the artist's handscript, presumably indicating that it was presented to them by the artist. There are a few small foxing marks in places and a small 5mm x 5mm "L" shaped tear on the rh edge adjacent to the frame at 65mm down the inner edge from the top rh inner corner of the frame. There is also toning around the edges of the painting probably related to the previous frame. Otherwise the painting is in very good condition. Unfortunately the reframing has not included a mount board but this has maintained the original style of the painting in typical 19th C manner and as the painting has stabilized will not present any hazard. An inner mount edging could be added if desired by a future owner and fitted within the depth of this existing frame to increase the gap between the glazing and painting. The stained wooden gilt inner edge frame is in good condition with some light wear to the edges and a vertical stained mark at the top rh corner. Glazing clear. The back of the frame is covered with a board, secured by pins and sealed with self-adhesive framing tape. Screw-eyes and cord attached. An interesting historical painting from the 19th Century English School benefiting from the artist's inscription verso. Please view the images below :