Signed with monogram l.r.


26 x 35cm



Private Collection, Scotland



Alice Boyd’s output of work remains largely unpublished, and only three museums currently hold watercolours by her: the National Galleries of Scotland, the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock and the British Museum. As such it is difficult to get a feel for what her style was when working in this medium - all the more so with the scarcity of her works to come to auction in recent years. Several of the scenes from Boyd's sketchbooks at Kilmarnock show a similar attention to the fine detailing of the trees and a romanticised sky that can also be found in our work. The distinctive ‘AB’ monogram was one she used in several of her works on paper, including the portrait of the artist’s grandmother now in the BM (2019,7015.32).


Two watercolours by Boyd made headlines in 2021 as part of Bonham’s record-breaking offering of three paintings by the artist, and depicted the stairs to her studio at Penkill Castle and the Chapel of San Clemente in San Marco, Venice. Both of these demonstrated Boyd’s remarkable eye for vivid colours, which was employed to fabulous effect in our ‘Moonlit Landscape’. Further works by Boyd were sold in 1992 at Christie’s Penkill Castle sale and remain, for now, in private collections.

ALICE BOYD (1823-1897)