In South American Waters, watercolour and gouache, signed WM Birchall 1910.
Watercolour and gouache on paper, signed and titled. Dimensions : Frame : 255mm x 350mm x 20mm. Image : 172mm x 252mm. Weight : 0.700kg net. Condition : Quite good.
"In South American Waters", watercolour and gouache on paper, signed, titled and dated by WM Birchall, 1910. Framed and glazed.
Dimensions : Frame : 255mm x 350mm x 20mm. Image : 172mm x 252mm. Weight : 0.700kg net.
Condition/Notes : Quite good. The watercolour and gouache on paper study of a clipper ship off the coast of South America is in quite good condition with slight fading to the colour and foxing to the sky. The painting depicts a fully loaded clipper ship heading to sea away from the coast which can be seen in the background. Several gulls, highlighted in gouache, are leading the way into the choppy sea against an overcast sullen sky. The original graphite sketch can be seen in parts especially around the rigging. The small foxing spots in the sky are visible but when viewed at normal viewing distance disappear into the lower level cloud and so do not detract from the painting. The painting is titled, signed and dated in the lower lh corner in the artist's usual style. The painting is typical of the work of William Minshall Birchall (1884-1941) and was executed in 1910 prior to his emigration to Hastings, England, where he spent most of his life. His work is predominantly maritime and many of his works are displayed in collections around the world. The painting is displayed directly beneath glass, as was the manner of the time; a gilt spacer is set between the glazing and the polished frame which is in good sturdy condition with light scuffing and scratching to the face and edges. The card backing board is secured with old panel pins and sealed with 72mm gummed framing tape. Screw-eyes and cord attached. Overall, an excellent example of the work of this well known American maritime artist displaying his ability to accurately capture the image of the ocean in one of her many dispositions. Please view the images below :
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