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Frank Wasley (1848-1934) - Carthage
  • Frank Wasley (1848-1934) - Carthage

    Wasley took his inspiration from J.M.W. Turner and would often paint in his style. The loose technique shown in this watercolour is similar to Turner's later works that focused on light. Wasley, would also paint similar themes and locations to the great master, and the depiction of the ancient city of Carthage is certainly a homage to him. Two of Turner's most impressive oil paintings were of this city 'Dido building Carthage' (National Gallery, London) and 'The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire' (Tate Britain). The former work is displayed next to a painting by Claude in the National Gallery. The French artist had an important influence on Turner.


    Wasley regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and The Royal Society Birmingham. 


    Medium: watercolour on paper, signed l.l. 'F Waslesy, 38 x 53.5 cm, framed.


    Provenance: Sotheby's sale, 26/11/1990, lot 41; Richard Gardner Antiques; Private collection, England.


    Condition report:  some fading and time staining visible when viewed up close. Please look at photos carefully. There is a dab of watercolour on the left hand-side (shown in photos) that appears to be done by the artist. There is a small crease at the top of the watercolour again shown in photos. The frame has a few loses and bumps.

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