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Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne c.1850

Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
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  • Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
  • Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
  • Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
  • Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
  • Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
  • Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
  • Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
  • Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
  • Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
  • Antique Watercolour Thames at Twickenham J C Bourne
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Price: £650.00
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This is a beautiful antique watercolour which depicts a view of The Thames at Twickenham, circa 1850.

The watercolour is signed lower right John Cooke Bourne (1814-1896).

It is double framed in a simple golden frame which matches the background perfectly.

There is an inscription at the back of the painting which confirms the name of the artist and further names which are difficult to decipher.


Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 41 x Width 51 x Depth 4

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 4 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 2 inches

John Cooke Bourne (1814–1896) was an artist and engraver. He is best known for his lithographs showing the construction of the London and Birmingham Railway and the Great Western Railway. His book Drawings of the London & Birmingham Railway was published in 1838. 
He then carried out a similar project during the building of the Great Western Railway. History and Description of the Great Western Railway was published in 1843.

In 1848 Charles Vignoles invited Bourne to record the building of the Dnieper Bridge in Kiev, Russia. Bourne also took photographs of the men working on the bridge.

Each set of prints was published as separate books, and became classic representations of the construction of the early railways. Prints were often hand coloured for a vivid picture of events.

Clues as to the problems encountered can be seen for example in his print of Sonning Cutting where a terrible train accident had occurred in December 1842. The train had collided with a landslip and killed nine stonemasons returning from work in London to the West Country. The picture shows labourers working to clear further slips in the bank.
 
Another of his famous prints shows a large landslip on the London and Birmingham Railway just north of Wolverton railway works which occurred during the construction of the Wolverton viaduct over the River Ouse.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 04869a

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