Lot 278: Horsbrugh (James) - Album of watercolours and drawings of Mediterranean, Scottish and Grand Tour interest,
October 27, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: the first section comprising 89 drawings and watercolours from a period of military service, mostly of Corfu, others of Albania, Zante, including a detailed plan of the Venetian Castle, and Paxos; the next group of c.95 drawings and watercolours of Scotland, the vast majority in Sutherland, mountain views, deer stalking, a few figure studies of local characters and estate workers, some comical, also a small group of early photographs of similar figures, a couple of ink-sketched interior scenes, and an oil on paper of the Scwd Gladys Falls in South Wales; the final group of 54 drawings and watercolours of Switzerland and Italy, including Simplon, Chillon, the lakes of Como, Maggiore, Geneva and others, elsewhere in northern and central Italy, and an oil on paper view of the Appenines, watercolours, many in monochrome washes, pen and ink sketches, a few in pencil, and two oils on paper, v.s., all mounted on album leaves, almost all captioned below, the plan signed by James Horsbrugh P.te, a Scottish sketch signed J. Horsbrugh X Regt, 19th century half-calf album, worn, lower board detached, lacking spine, folio, [c.1840-50]. Provenance: by descent through the Horsbrugh family. James Horsbrugh (1820-1868) joined the 10th Lincolnshire regiment in 1838, which served extensively in the Eastern Mediterranean throughout this period. An inscription on one album leaf where a sketch has been extracted, identifies it as having been of Barrogil Castle (Castle of Mey) and that it was gifted to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on her 80th birthday, in 1980, in fulfilment of a bequest by of James Horsbrugh's descendant, the explorer and naturalist Charles Bethune Horsbrugh, who died in February, 1952 (see lot 385 for his own album of travel and natural history photographs).