View on the Coast at Deal, Charles Bentley (British, London 1805/1806–1854 London), Watercolor with touches of gouache over graphite

View on the Coast at Deal

Charles Bentley (British, London 1805/1806–1854 London)
ca. 1846
Watercolor with touches of gouache over graphite
sheet: 6 x 8 3/4 in. (15.2 x 22.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift from the family of Howard J. Barnet, in his memory, 2000
Accession Number:
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.
Inscription: Signed in brown watercolor with the point of the brush in the lower left corner: "CB"
Saretta Barnet Gift; Sylvan Barnet; Donor: Saretta Barnet Gift Donor: Sylvan Barnet