Watercolour Drawing Cape Sounion Athens Gavin Bone


Artist: Attributed Gavin Bone (1907-1942)
Title: Temple of Poseidon from Cape Sounion, near Athens
Medium: Watercolour (and Graphite) on Paper
Date: 1928

Following his brother Stephen Bone’s (1904-1958) graduation from the University of Oxford in 1925, Gavin, along with his father, the distinguished war artist Muirhead Bone (1876-1953) took a tour of the Eastern Mediterranean, travelling through Italy, Greece and the newly-formed Turkish Republic.

In the case of Muirhead Bone, his sketches would later become prints. A view of Constantinople drawn in 1929 and made into a etching in 1934 can be seen in the V&A and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Another watercolour of the same period, entitled “Entering the Piraeus” (the port of Athens) can be seen in the American National Gallery.

This fascinating study depicts the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion, built in the 5th century BC, during the Athenian Golden Age.

During his short life Gavin Bone (1907-1942), gave himself to many fields, making contributions as a poet, a scholar and an artist. A fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, with a specific interest in the language and literature of the Anglo Saxons, his translation of Anglo Saxon verse was published shortly after his premature death from tuberculosis in 1942.
His paintings, though few in number, show signs of promise. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and corresponded frequently with the painter and poet Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988).

The reverse of the frame bears the following dedication: “To Josephine from Mary Bone May 2nd 1959 | view of Athens drawn about 1928 by Stephen or Gavin Bone | probably Gavin”

Provenance: Gift of Mary Adshead Bone (Wife of the artist’s brother) May 1959
Watermark (Paper): Montgolfier Vidalon Wove Paper

Size (Frame): 40 x 31 x 2cm
Size (Image): 27.5 x 18.5cm
Weight: 1217g