1886 Watercolour of Lymington by Henry George Roper Curzon


A fine looking, very detailed 19th century watercolour painting of Lymington by Henry George Roper-Curzon, 17th Baron Teynham, who’s family home was Pylewell Park, near Lymington, Hampshire.

It is signed R. Curzon and dated 1886. The painting shows a woman and child walking towards a large church, that appears to be the Church of St Thomas the Apostle. The clock shows the time to be 11.50. The church was rebuilt and converted in the 18th and 19th centuries, so seems to have altered a bit. The tower has been since reduced and a distinctive cupola erected. Behind it, in the distance, you can see All Saints Parish Church. The painting retains its colours well and has been mounted, framed and glazed. Condition is good. A similar painting by Roper-Curzon of Lawrence Gate, Drogheda, dated 1878 fetched a hammer price of £ 1,035 (€ 1,400) at Whyte’s Auction, Dublin, Ireland on the 23.02.2015 (lot 118), despite an estimate of € 400 - € 600.

Little is known about Henry George Roper Curzon (1822–1892), other than he was a peer and sat on the House of Lords. He obviously had a like for painting and his work is charming, if a little naïve.

Size image: 35 x 23 cm (13 ¾ x 9 inches)
Size frame: 64 x 52 x 2.5 cm (25 1/8 x 20 ½ x 1 inches)
Weight: 2.8kg