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Sketches in Egypt, 1930 - an album of original watercolours.
Egypt: 1930-2. Landscape quarto album (210 x 304 mm), brown cloth-backed maroon morocco-textured paper covered boards, brownish pink marbled pastedowns Album a little rubbed, the spine neatly restored, one empty leaf with a section cut away, one leaf neatly removed, the sketches themselves in excellent condition, overall very good. 34 tipped-in delicately rendered water colour sketches with pencil under-drawing of scenes in Egypt, various sizes between c.100 x 130 mm and c240 x 160 mm. Decorative title page lettered as above in white ink, each image captioned in white ink, many initialed and dated. Original tissue-guards in place. An extremely appealing collection of highly competent "officer quality" sketches. The subject matter is fairly typical - views on the Nile, in Cairo, the Ibrahim Agha mosque, in and around Damietta, Mansoura and Talkha, and a sequence of smaller "snap shots" of types, mat making, the forge, the vegetable shop - but the treatment and technique are really quite unusual. The most successful of his images are quite loosely rendered with dashes of vivid colour to suggest the intensity of light; his studies of architecture quite effectively combine washes of colour with crisper detail to similar effect; his handling of cloud formations in the landscapes particularly well-observed and engaging. Victor William Chamberlain-Andrews (1897-1982), commissioned in 1917, he served as a lieutenant in the Hampshire and Leicestershire Regiments during World War I, fought at Cambrai. For a period in 1930 and 40s Chamberlain-Andrews was based in Egypt, records show h … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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