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DRUMMOND, Augusta.

Three original watercolour views of the coast of Arabian Peninsula near Aden and Suez.

Published: At sea on SS Sindh: 1878

Stock code: 91557

Price: £1,500

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Three attractive watercolour views of Aden and Suez, with mountainous shorelines and dhows sailing in the foreground. Dated October 1878, the views were taken from the deck of “SS Sindh”, one of the elite steamers of the French “Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes” during the height of French colonial expansion in the Middle and Far East. The artist was Irish watercolourist Augusta Drummond (1848-1908), an acquaintance of renowned poet and artist Edward Lear (1812-1888). She was born in Kilberry, Kildare, Ireland daughter of Robert and Catherine Verschoyle. On 5th July 1878 she married Captain Alfred Manners Drummond, nephew of 6th Duke of Rutland, Captain of the Rifle Brigade, discriminating art collector, acquaintance and client of Edward Lear. The couple made a honeymoon trip to India in 1878, and subsequently travelled to continental Europe and Australia; Augusta recording her impressions in these excellent watercolours. One of her images of Tasmania, entitled “Browns River near Hobart Town”, is now in the collection of the National Library of Australia.

Three watercolours on paper, between 150 220 mm and 100 175 mm, mounted on album leaves 255 330 mm, all initialled “A.D.” in the lower corner, and captioned and dated in ink in the lower margin of the mount – “Approaching Aden from on board S.S. Sindh, Oct. 20th 1878”; “Aden from S.S. Sindh, Oct. 21st 1878”; “Suez from S.S. Sindh, Oct. 26th 1878”. Minor mild foxing of the mounts, remains of linen hinge to each leaf, otherwise very good.

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