Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland
Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour. Purser was a painter and architect who trained at the Royal Academy Schools. From 1817 until 1820 he travelled in Italy and Greece acting as draughtsman to the architect George Ledwell Taylor. In the 1820s and 30s he visited Turkey and the Near East.
This picture comes from a descendent of Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker who presumably commissioned them directly from the artist. Walker was an English naval officer who, with the permission of the Admiralty, accepted a command in the Turkish navy in the late 1830s where he was known as Walker Bey and later Yavir Pasha. Walker afterwards commanded the Turkish squadron at Acre, for which service he was nominated a K.C.B. in 1841. He became Surveyor of the British Navy from 1848 until 1861.
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