SET OF FOUR ISLE OF WIGHT SAND PICTURES
A rare and fully ‘documented’ set of FOUR sand pictures which depict various scenes on the Isle of Wight. Remarkable for the extraordinary detail achieved, these pictures, framed as one, are fully described, signed and dated: Edward Dore, Newport IOW 1840. The four scenes depicted are: (i) the Window of Carisbrooke Castle (where Charles I tried to escape); (ii) Arreton Church (where the Dairyman’s Daughter lies buried); (iii) Brading Parsonage and (iv) the Needles from Freshwater Bay. These important Sand Pictures were completed during the first year that they became popular. 28 x 10.5ins including the original frame.
* Sand pictures did not originate on the Isle of Wight (sand had been used to decorate lacquer work in Japan) but they were first became known in Europe in the early 19th century courtesy of the artist James Zobell (1792-1881) of Bavarian descent, who lived in Britain. They became popular when an important centre was established in 1840 at Newport IOW, lead by three artists, one of whom was Edward Dore. There are 21 colours of sand used which are found on the island, mostly from Alum Bay, and only one (bright blue) was artificially dyed, using lapis lazuli.
Stock No: 5081/k
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