Charles Bentley (British, London 1805/1806–1854 London)
Watercolor with touches of gouache over graphite
sheet: 6 x 8 3/4 in. (15.2 x 22.2 cm)
Gift from the family of Howard J. Barnet, in his memory, 2000
Not on view
Bentley trained as an aquatint engraver of illustrated views and traveled through Britain seeking Picturesque subjects for his own accomplished watercolors. This luminous view represents Deal—a port on England's southeast coast of England where Julius Caesar landed when he invaded Britain. Beyond loosely sketched fishing nets, the contours of a rustic cottage lead the eye toward vessels beneath a soaring sky. Bentley exhibited a view of Deal at the Old Watercolour Society in 1846, which suggests a similar date for the present work.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Signed in brown watercolor with the point of the brush in the lower left corner: "CB"
Artist:Caspar David Friedrich (German, Greifswald 1774–1840 Dresden) Date:ca. 1805–6Medium:Sepia colored ink, sepia colored wash, white gouache and graphite on off-white wove paperAccession:2002.260On view in:Not on view