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Three romantic pastoral scenes in Sparta, Greece].
Greece 1895 and 1889 1884 - Three watercolours with gouache, each depicting young shepherds, two in romantic conversation with a young shepherdess, the third reclining in a reverie on a clifftop, the two earlier, southern Peloponnesian, crepuscular landscapes looking over olive groves towards mountains and coastline, dated 1884 and 1889, the last, set on veranda overlooking the sea, dated 1895, all three signed with the artist's monogram, 25 x 34 cm, 24 x 47 cm, and 24 x 44 cm, respectively. Percy Anderson (c.1851-1928) is best remembered as a successful stage and costume designer, this tangent of his artistic career starting within the time span of these three watercolours with his work for Gilbert and Sullivan's Savoy Opera production of The Yeoman of the Guard, in 1888, and which continued for all their subsequent productions. One of a circle of similarly financially independent, cultured, homosexual men, Anderson was described a 'dainty, naughty, rococo man'. Despite the superficially romantic narrative of peasant boy meets girl in these watercolours, the tableaux vivant interest in earthy, young, southern European men, as portrayed more explicitly in the photographs of Anderson's German contemporary, Wilhelm von Gloeden, nevertheless shines through in the animated passion of these three shepherds, in contrast to the seeming passive indifference of their would be paramours. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
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