Elegant figures resting by a river, possibly Ivy Bridge, Devon
Watercolour over pencil, heightened with black ink and bodycolour;
signed lower left: T. Peckham / 1791.
382 by 507 mm (drawing)
507 by 634 mm (mount)
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This work has retained much of its original power and impact, despite some of the more delicate watercolour pigments having slightly faded. The paper has discoloured a little and there are some small areas of minor surface dirt. Located at the top right hand corner of the sheet is a repaired tear which measures circa 25 mm. There are two further very small restorations, in the sky, above the right hand building. This work has not been laid down. The work is sold unframed.
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With Agnew's, London, by 1974;
acquired by Walter Brandt (1902-1978);
by family descent until the present owner
Thomas Peckham was 'a draughtsman at the Tower of London from 1780. He is also known to have taught at the Addiscombe Military College and at Woolwich from 1790. By 1802 he had been appointed second assistant at the Tower'.1
1. H. Mallalieu, The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920, London, 1988, p. 97