DR WILLIAM CROTCH
Norwich 1775 - 1847 Taunton, Somerset
Watercolour over pencil, on laid paper;
inscribed and dated verso: Aug 1809 Farm Heath
195 by 310 mm (drawing)
405 by 554 mm (mount)
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The pigments have survived well. The sheet has a number of repaired tears, largely at the edges. These are only noticeable on extremely close inspection and do not visibly affect the enjoyment of the image. There are a number of very small foxmarks and areas of surface dirt. In general, however, the work is in good condition for its age. The work is sold unframed.
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Edward Croft-Murray (1907-1980)
A talented musician, Dr Crotch was appointed organist of Christ Church, Oxford in 1790. He remained in the city until about 1810 when he moved to London.
This watercolour was once owned by Edward Croft-Murray, the highly respected art historian and Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum from 1954 to 1973.