GEORGE CATTERMOLE, OWS (1800-1868)
MONKS READING IN A MEDIEVAL INTERIOR
watercolour, in an exceptional antique carved-gilt frame
49cm by 64.5cm; 19 1/4in by 25 1/4in
London, Old Watercolour Society, 1850, no. 377
George Cattermole was born at Dickleburgh, in Norfolk. When he was fourteen he began working as an architectural and topographical designer for the antiquary John Britton. He became an associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1822 and a full member in 1833. In 1850 he abandoned the society, dedicating his attention to painting in oil. At the Paris Exhibition of 1855 George Cattermole was honoured with one of the five first-class gold medals awarded to British painters. He also received professional artistic honours in Amsterdam and in Belgium. Among his leading works are The Murder of the Bishop of Liege, The Armourer (relating the Story of the Sword) and The Assassination of the Regent Murray by Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh. He was strongly influenced by the writing of Walter Scott whose work he also illustrated. The present work is a major exhibition piece from his final years as a watercolour painter.
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