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Figures on a Beach, Northern France

Artist:
Thomas Shotter Boys (British, Pentonville 1803–1874 London)
Date:
1830
Medium:
Watercolor and gouache over graphite with stopping out
Dimensions:
sheet: 5 1/2 x 8 15/16 in. (13.9 x 22.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Malcolm Hewitt Weiner Foundation Gift and Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Richardson Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.266
Not on view
Dark rain clouds move swiftly over a beach as figures in local costume approach a sailing vessel. Trained as an engraver, Boys began to use watercolor after meeting Richard Parkes Bonington in Paris in 1823. This coastal subject displays Boys's distinct individual qualities together with a continuing debt to Bonington, two years after the latter's death. Boys was based in England when he painted this work in 1830, but soon would return to Paris and exhibit many watercolors that encouraged new interest in the medium.
Signature: Signed at lower left of recto with point of brush: "T Boys. / 1830"

Inscription: Inscribed in blue ink at upper left of verso: "no. 379. T. Boys"
Inscribed in graphite at lower left of verso: "ach. PG 1930 / non à vendre"
Inscribed in graphite at upper right of verso: "kj" "Boys"
Sale, Sotheby's, London, Nov. 27, 2003, lot 276; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
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