Isle of Wight, England
Eugène Isabey began his career assisting his father, the miniaturist J. B. Isabey, with illustrations for a travel book on Italy. In 1825, Isabey made a trip to England, where he was profoundly influenced by the latest trends in watercolor painting. On his return, he specialized in coastal scenes of Normandy in the north of France. Here, Isabey depicts the luminous atmospheric effects at the meeting of sea, shore, and sky with the consummate skill that earned him a reputation as one of the leading Romantic watercolorists.
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Inscription: "E. Isabey 1836 (?)" in brown iron gall ink lower right
Medium: watercolor and graphite underdrawing with extensive gum heightening on moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper.
Credit line: Acquired by William T. Walters, before 1884.
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