Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 8 April 1997, lot 56
This finely executed watercolour dates to circa 1811-12, around the time when Martin left his employment as a glass and china painter at William Collins' workshop in the Strand and struck out on his own as a professional artist. The work shows Martin experimenting with his favourite subject matter: the classical world.
We are grateful to Michael Campbell for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.
Although some of the more delicate pigments may have faded a little, in general the watercolour composition it still strong. Around the extreme edges of the sheet there is a boarder. This has discoloured a little and there are several very small areas of paper loss. These defects cannot be seen unless the work is unframed. The sheet has not been laid down and it has been carefully presented (with a non-acidic mount and museum quality glass).
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