Chertsey Bridge, Dockett Eddie, Shepperton, signed Frederick J. Townsend, pencil drawing and watercolour. c1870. Framed and glazed.
Pencil drawing and watercolour, originally entitled "On the Thames, Dockett Eddie, Shepperton". Dimensions : Frame : 526mm x 433mm x 20mm. Image : 350mm x 205mm. Weight : 1.900kg net. Condition : Good.
"Chertsey Bridge - at Sunset", or as previously titled "On the Thames, Dockett Eddie, Shepperton", signed Frederick J. Townsend, drawing and watercolour on paper. c1870. Framed and glazed.
Dimensions : Frame : 526mm x 433mm x 20mm. Image : 350mm x 205mm.
Condition/Notes : Good. The pencil drawing and watercolour study of Chertsey Bridge, Dockett Eddie, is in good condition. There is no sign of foxing or damage. The original pencil drawing can be seen in places and the predominantly pale greenish hued watercoloured areas are subdued as appropriate to the title Chertsey Bridge - "at Sunset". The painting depicts a ferry boat taking two passengers on the river at Chertsey Bridge and this famous bridge can be seen today in this extremely desirable location. The painting is signed by the known 19th Century artist Frederick John Townsend in the lower rh corner. Frederick J. Townsend flourished from 1861 to 1872 and exhibited at the Royal Academy from an address in Chertsey Surrey which confirms his identity and the date for this painting. Another interesting aspect of this painting is that it is entitled "Chertsey Bridge - at Sunset" verso (on what appears to be a cut-out section of the original backing sheet pasted to the backing board) and the title "On the Thames Dockett Eddie Shepperton" is written on the backing board in faint pencil handscript. It seems that the area around Chertsey Bridge was previously known as Dog Ait (1883 - 1896) which became corrupted to Dockett and this area is now known as Pharaoh's Island and there is still a Dockett Eddie Lane about 1500m from the bridge. This is an extremely interesting historical area which relates to this painting and the artist in many ways. The painting is displayed within a pale off-white multi-lined mount which is also in good condition. The gilt tinted wooden frame is in good condition with light wear. The back of the frame is covered with an old wooden backing board secured by panel pins and sealed with 50mm gummed framing tape. "Frederick John Townsend "Chertsey Bridge at Sunset" c1870" is written in handscript at the top rh edge. Below is a framer's label "William James Spiller Picture Frame Maker etc.... 28, Litchfield Street, Charing Cross Road, London, W.C.2. (Near the Palace Theatre). Below this, in centre, is the aforementioned pencil handscript with alternative title "On the Thames" Dockett Eddie, Shepperton. Below this is the cut-out section (probably an original backing sheet) with title in pencil handscript Chertsey Bridge - at Sunset by Fredk. J. Townsend. Screw-eyes and string attached. Overall, a very interesting and historical painting signed by a known artist.