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David Mocatta, Ruined Arch, Swansea - early 19th-century watercolour painting

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Seller: somersetandwoodfineart (1,636) 100% Top-Rated Plus, Location: Somerset, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 282983648738 David Mocatta, Ruined Arch, Swansea - early 19th-century watercolour painting An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, David Mocatta Ruined Arch, Swansea. With the inscription ‘near Swansea S. Wales,’ this closely observed watercolour painting probably shows part of Pennard Castle, a twelfth-century fortification built just along the Gower Peninsula from Swansea. Laid down on backing paper. Unsigned. In good condition for its age. Adhesive marks to the corners and some spotting and age toning, as shown. 8.4cm x 10.7cm. Unframed. This work comes from an extraordinary collection of studies made by a young man who would become one of the most prominent architects of the nineteenth century. David Mocatta (1806–1882) was born into a Sephardic Jewish family in London, and studied under the distinguished Neoclassical architect Sir John Soane. Many of the works in our collection date from the period when Mocatta travelled in Europe, especially in Italy, from 1829 to 1830. But there are also others from an earlier period, including some from when Mocatta was still a teenager. In his architectural career, Mocatta would become famous for designing the Ramsgate Synagogue, which was possibly the first in England to be designed by a Jewish architect. Mocatta also left his mark on the railways: appointed architect of the London and Brighton Railway in 1839, he designed the company’s headquarters and boardroom in what is now Brighton Station, as well as many other station buildings along the route from London to Brighton. Often these were in Mocatta’s trademark Italianate style, which he had perfected on his travels. Many of the studies in our collection demonstrate a real talent for rendering architectural detail in pen, ink and watercolour. Others are of the people he saw, especially during his time in Italy. Then there are his extraordinary studies of boats and ships – both the ships that he saw in British coastal waters, and the more unusual boats and ships (especially Venetian gondolas) that he saw on his travels. And finally there are the landscape views that Mocatta painted from a relatively young age, especially of mountainous scenes in Britain and Europe. Many of these watercolours and drawings show an exceptional accuracy and economy of means in rendering the forms of high peaks. All of these works show the same close observation and interest on the part of the artist, and the same ability to capture very quickly the things that he was seeing. Text copyright © 2017 Somerset & Wood Fine Art Ltd. All rights reserved. Product code: JF-074 All our artworks are guaranteed original and unique. We specialise in offering 19th- and early 20th-century English art at very affordable prices. 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