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Lot 192

John Martin, British 1789-1854-  Figures by a waterfall, with a town on a hill beyond; 

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Lot 192

John Martin, 
British 1789-1854- 
Figures by a waterfall, with a town on a hill beyond; 

Price Realised: £2,624

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 192

Description

John Martin, 
British 1789-1854- 

Figures by a waterfall, with a town on a hill beyond; 

watercolour heightened with scratching out and gum arabic on paper, 21.2 x 16 cm. 

Provenance: 
Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 8 April 1997, lot 56. 
Private Collection. 

with Guy Peppiatt Fine Art, London. 
Private Collection, UK, since 2014. 

Exhibited: 
London, Guy Peppiatt Fine Art, '18th and 19th Century Drawings and Watercolours', 29 May - 18 June 2008, no.22. 

Note: 
Michael Campbell has dated this drawing to circa 1811-12 which makes it an early work. At the time, Martin was training as a glass and china painter at the workshop of William Collins (1788-1847) on the Strand, and in the evenings he studied as a painter. In 1811 he exhibited his first picture at the Royal Academy, ‘Landscape Composition’ and left Collins’s workshop the following year. In 1812, he painted one of his first major paintings, ‘Sadak in search of the Waters of Oblivion’ which was accepted by the Royal Academy. 

In the present work, although Martin has clearly drawn on the many eighteenth-century views of the town and waterfall at Tivoli which he would have known, the topographical details are incorrect for Tivoli. The depiction of two figures dwarfed by a romantic landscape became a theme in his work. 

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