Smugglers Landing A Cargo On A Beach, Isle Of Wight And Smugglers, Soldiers And Excisemen..
Occasional very light foxing, and evidence of previous framing to the foreshore painting.
A PAIR OF SMUGGLING WATERCOLOURS
A pair of unsigned Pen, Ink, and Watercolour paintings on paper mounted onto later board, 18.5 x 13.25 inches, within a narrow black border: the first, of a group of smugglers landing their cargo on a rocky shore where packhorses await them. The second, of excise men and soldiers awaiting the smugglers on top of the cliff. The detail from the first is seen in the second but from a different viewpoint. The works are finely executed and the colour is fresh and vibrant.
The original paintings by Ibbetson date from c.1790 and reflect the uniform of the time as worn by Dragoons engaged in blockading the coast. This pair have been painted some time after but with no dating evidence. The detail in each painting is meticulous and the horses and men are skilfully depicted. The Dragoons in the partner painting are shown detaining some loaded packhorses and in pursuit of horses and men; some of the men are fleeing and others offering resistance.
[Stock No. 24858]