Distant Views Of Folkestone From The Beach.
FOLKESTONE FROM COPT POINT
No date but c.1843-44..
Pen and sepia ink wash drawing on paper, 4.25 x 7.25 inches, laid on to card, mounted, framed in reeded half-round gilt and glazed, overall 11.5 x 14 inches. Extracted from an album of sketches by Henry Moses dated 1843-1844. It depicts two figures gazing at the prospect of Folkestone in the middle distance, with the Harbour crammed with shipping and the fisherman's village at the bottom of the cliff. Above stands St Eanswythe's Church with a flagpole to the right, marking the Bayle Fort and Semaphore Station. Dredging is clearly continuing in the Harbour, and carts depositing the soil can be seen on what is now the Sunny Sands.
Henry Moses, 1782-1870, was highly regarded as a draughtsman and engraver and was known for, among many other works, several series of views of shipping, and a few coastal views. It is not clear how his marine interest developed but he used outline engraving to great effect in capturing maritime life and activities in his Sketches of Shipping (1824), where accurately drawn ships are set in suitable port landscapes. Similarly his Picturesque Views of Ramsgate (1817) includes busily populated images of ships in harbour.
This drawing is beautifully executed and highly detailed - the wash achieving great depth, crispness, clarity and accuracy providing the only reliable record we have of this pre-photographic era.
[Stock No. 25080]