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c1854 Crimean War Watercolour of Balchik Black Sea
  • c1854 Crimean War Watercolour of Balchik Black Sea
  • c1854 Crimean War Watercolour of Balchik Black Sea
  • c1854 Crimean War Watercolour of Balchik Black Sea
  • c1854 Crimean War Watercolour of Balchik Black Sea
  • c1854 Crimean War Watercolour of Balchik Black Sea

c1854 Crimean War Watercolour of Balchik Black Sea

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£250.00


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A very nice Crimean War period (1853 – 1856) watercolour of the coastal port of Balchik, and Kavarna Bay.

The painting shows the British and French fleet at anchor in the distance, with a small British rowing boat coming ashore in the foreground. On the beach are some local fishermen and a British sailor walking with a musket over his shoulder. In the distance can be seen the hills behind Balchik and the painting is remarkably accurate, in that current photos of the area, show the same silhouette. The painting was most likely painted by a British Officer either in 1854, when Lord Raglan landed there, in preparation for the Battle of Alma, or 1855, when the British and French fleets maintained a presence there. The painting has been mounted, framed and glazed, thus preserving it. On the reverse is a small label which reads: Watering Place, Baljek, Black Sea.

Baljek (now Balchik) is a port in now Bulgaria, north east of Varna. The name Baljek was used by the British Forces, but little documentation seems to exist apart from a hydrographic survey by Lieutenant Thomas Abel Brimage Spratt (later vice-admiral) of Baljek Bay, c1860. Under the Ottoman Empire, the town came to be known with its present name.

Size image: 25 x 17.5 cm (9 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches)
Size frame: 45 x 37.5 x 2 cm (17 ¾ x 14 ¾ x
Weight: 1490 g

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