c1886 British Pencil n White Pastel Drawing of Monaco


A very accomplished Victorian pencil drawing on buff paper that has been highlighted in white Pastel.

The painting shows the approach to the old port of Monaco with the cathedral on top of the hill and the Princes’ Palace slightly hidden behind it. The view is from the South West side looking North. In the foreground are two sailors looking out to sea, and recognisable by their pompon berets. The painting is not signed but is part of a collection of drawings and watercolours by a British artist who signs some of them with the letters HB. Others of the same subject are dated 1885-1886.

This one has Monaco written on the bottom left corner. The artist was possibly one of numerous artist that did the European Tour and had begun to discover the wonders of the South of France, as well as Italy. Alternatively, the artist may have been in the British Armed Forces, as earlier dated pictures by him, show India. Hopefully, the identity of the artist will become known, as he certainly deserves the acclamation.

Condition is good, with a little bit of foxing, which is not very noticeable as the paper is light brown.

Size image: 34 x 16 cm (13 3/8 x 6 ¼ inches)
Size frame: 48 x 30 x 1.5 cm (18 7/8 x 11 7/8 x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 857 g