Andrew Nicholl (Irish, 1804-1886)
Wildflowers along the Malahide Estuary
Signed, "A. Nicholl R.H.A." l.r.
Watercolor and gouache on paper, sheet size 14 1/8 x 21 in. (36.0 x 53.1 cm), framed.
Condition: Staining with shallow surface losses (possible water damage) about 1 1/4 in. maximum to the outer edges of the top and left side, small tear c.r. edge stabilized with brown paper tape on the reverse, toning, subtle mat burn, nicks and minor creasing to lower corners, with pencil scores within the composition to mark window mat opening dimensions; reverse with foxing, brown paper tape hinges over linen hinges, and remnants of prior mountings.
N.B. Andrew Nicholl was born in Belfast and earned early notice there for his landscapes. After studies in London, including copying works in the Dulwich Picture Gallery, he submitted his first work to the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1832 and was made an Associate Member in 1837, with full membership in 1860. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in London from 1832 to 1854. A skilled topographer, Nicholl was commissioned by the Colonial Secretary to make drawings of the landscape of Ceylon after Nicholl was posted there in 1849 as a drawing and painting instructor. He spent his later years exhibiting and teaching in London and Dublin.
Framed dimensions are 22 1/2 x 29 x 1 1/4 in. Frame with a label from The Dawson Gallery, Dublin, on the backing board, with a newspaper clipping of a review from 1973 (Belfast) also affixed to the backing board.
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