A SKETCH NEAR NAPLES
Signed & titled verso Alfred East RA. / N. Naples
Bears inscription verso From Davenport Hall / Col Robert Tipping / Collection
Watercolour with pencil
30 x 22.5 cm
Col. Robert Tipping, Davenport Hall, Cheshire
Sir Alfred East was one of the foremost painters of landscapes in his day. He studied first at the Glasgow School of Art, then in Paris under Fletcher and Bougereau. He became one of the earliest members of the Society of Painter Etchers in 1883, and was to garner a number of other accolades over the next twenty years. He travelled widely in Japan, France, Spain, Italy and Morocco. His work shows the influence of the Barbizon School, which included Corot, Daubigny and Rousseau.
East visited Italy on a number occasions, painting in Venice, the Lakes and Naples. In 1903 he was given the Order of the Crown by the nation for his services to the Venice Biennale that year.