EXQUISITE Chatsworth House signed watercolour by Charles Frederick Allbon c1900
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This is an absolutely stunning original watercolour of Chatsworth by a listed artist (full biography of artist below).
It is signed in the bottom right.
Charles Frederick Allbon studied at the Croydon School of Art from 1870, and lived at Crouch End, Essex in 1885, moving to London in 1887. Painting in watercolour he specialised in landscapes, harbour and coastal scenes, many being views of the French and Dutch coasts.
Many of his works have been sold at auction, including ‘Fisherfolk on the beach’ sold at Christie’s Amsterdam ‘Pictures, Watercolours and Drawings’ in 2001.
He was a Member of the Langham Sketching Club in 1885, and became an associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers in 1887, although his membership ceased in 1911.
Charles Frederick Allbon was a competent black and white artist and etcher, however it is for his watercolours depicting the English landscape he is best known. His six Suffolk Street exhibits were all of Still Life and he is an artist who seems to have been overlooked, as his work always seems to be of consistent quality and pleasing subject matter.
47 works at the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers
6 works at the Royal Academy
6 at Suffolk Street
Please note that this delightful watercolour is much better than the photographs!
What is remarkable about this watercolour is the amount of amazing detail that the artist has managed to capture in the medium of watercolour such as the cattle in the foreground, the couple sat in the grass, the bridge and the detail on the Hall.
I believe that this was a specially commissioned work of art as it is much smaller than the paintings that this artist usually did.
This is one of three that are of similar, miniature proportions and all capturing historic Derbyshire the other two being:
Haddon Hall – Sold
View of a rural scene most likely the Amber Valley in Derbyshire (available).
The visible painted area measures around 6 inches x 4 inches and it is beautifully mounted and framed in a gilt bordered frame.
The frame itself measures around 14 inches x 12 inches and has some minor wear.
The watercolour is in very good, clean and wonderfully bright condition.
A previous owner has written the artist’s name and the title in pen on the back of the frame.