Lot 73
  • 73

Henry Roderick Newman

50,000 - 70,000 USD
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  • Henry Roderick Newman
  • Lerici in June
  • signed H.R. Newman and dated 1885/June (lower left)
  • watercolor and pencil on paper
  • 37 1/2 by 18 1/2 inches
  • (95.3 by 47 cm)


Charlotte Witt Frank, London
Julian Hartnoll, London, 1960s (acquired from the above)
Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 1970


Royal W. Leith, A Quiet Devotion: The Life and Work of Henry Roderick Newman, The Jordan-Volpe Gallery, New York, 1996, p. 40

Catalogue Note

"Newman spent most of the next three summers [1883-85] in La Spezia [Italy]..." writes Royal W. Leith. "During the summer of 1884, 'the two lovely ones he was working on down there' had to be put aside due to a major cholera scare and the resulting quarantine in the Spezia region. Those two pictures are probably the large companion pieces Roses, Grapes and Olives (1884) and Lerici in June (1885)...

"In these pictures Newman experimented with a dramatically vertical canvas of 37 1/2 x 18 inches. From their opposite upper corners hangs a mass of leaves or fruit. Beyond, a slope of trees carries the eye down into the distance filling the center. Lerici in June portrays the small sea village of Lerici with its castle standing guard over the bay. In Roses, Grapes and Olives a vast plain stretches out toward a mountain range. ...the composition of Roses, Grapes and Olives is framed with a column. The lush roses and grapes growing around it contrast with the arid emptiness of the distant plain and mountain ranges, as well as with its companion piece's bustling seaport and rich blue ocean. Together the two pictures function as one, their compositional schemes mirroring each other, their contents summarizing Northern Italian life on both land and sea" (A Quiet Devotion: The Life and Work of Henry Roderick Newman, New York, 1996, p. 40).