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William Andrews Nesfield, “a Day’s Bag”, 1833 - Large Vivid Watercolour And Body Colour - 19th Century British Sporting Art


£350 | $488 USD | €408 EUR
Item Number: SA771887
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Interiors at Work
This antique has been viewed 17 times in the past month with the most views from Germany.


William Andrews Nesfield (1793 - 1881)
“A day’s bag”
Watercolour and bodycolour on paper, laid on new card
Monogrammed and dated, lower right: ‘WAN / 1832’
Unframed, but newly mounted.
Aperture measures: 19 ¾ x 26 ¾ in. (50 x 68 cm.)
Overall mount measures: 29 x 35 in. (73.2 x 88.5 cm.)
> This large, vivid work on paper depicts a ‘day’s bag’; that is the assortment of game birds garnered during a day’s worth of shooting. Painted by the multi-talented artist-landscapist William Andrews Nesfield during a crossover period from being a highly respected watercolourist to being the most sought after landscape gardener in England.
> The watercolour has a busy and bold composition, with a selection of game birds to the foreground, from left to right (I believe): a Lapwing, a grouse, a curlew, and possibly a partridge. In the background a limpkin flies away to the left, whilst an armed huntsman emerges from foliage to the extreme right. A mountainous landscape is seen on the horizon, which is half enveloped in a dark storm.
> The artist William Andrews Nesfield was born in Chester-le-Street and was the son of the rector of Brancepath in Durham. He was educated in Durham, and possibly at Trinity College at Cambridge University, before entering the army in 1809. He served in Canada and the Peninsular War, including Waterloo, under the command of the Duke of Wellington. He retired from the army in 1816 and chose to embark on a career in painting, having been heavily influenced by the work of Turner. Indeed the younger artist won the praise of John Ruskin. He was a member of the Old Water Colour Society from 1823 until 1851, where this piece may have been exhibited.
> Nesfield, although a highly skilled watercolourist, found his true vocation in landscape (garden) design. He gained his first commission in 1836, which heralded the start of a long and flourishing career. He worked on over 260 estates belonging to the rich and influential people of his day. In 1844, Nesfield was asked to redesign the arboretum at Kew Gardens, which had become overcrowded. His plans were extensive and included several vistas radiating from the Palm House. One vista faced south and was called the Pagoda vista, another facing west toward the Thames was named the Syon vista. The structure of Nesfield’s formal landscape still largely survives today.
> The watercolour has recently been restored by a trained conservator. The original paper has damages around all edges, which are not visible thanks to a specially commissioned mount. There are several restorations and retouchings throughout, which I have tried to illustrate in the images. Do let me know if you would like any additional details. The watercolour has been backed with a fresh card and is now in a very stable condition. The original colours are still very fresh and vivid.
> Please bear in mind that this is sold mounted, but unframed. I think it would look fantastic housed in a stained period mahogany frame with a gilt slip.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Height = 50 cm (19.7")
Width = 68 cm (26.8")
Depth = 0 cm (0.0")

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