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Charles Cattermole (1832-1900) - Fine 1861 Watercolour, Scholarly Monk



A very fine and meticulously detailed 1861 watercolour interior by the Victorian British artist Charles Cattermole (1832-1900). Cattermole often depicted monastic interiors, and this is a fine example of his historical and flamboyant approach to setting. A seated monk calmly reads a tome in the transept of a church or abbey. Architectural details, such as the crocketed arch and carved wooden screen, are typical of the Ruskinian artistic fervour of the mid 19th Century.

Well-presented in a washline mount and gilt wooden frame, as shown.

Signed and dated. On wove.


In very good condition for a picture of this age. There is some mount burn around the edges from a previous mount, as well as even surface discolouration. The frame and mount are in very good condition, with only light scuffing and surface marks.


33.5 x 22.2cm (13.2" x 8.7")
Framed Size: 54.2 x 43.6cm (21.3" x 17.2")

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Artist Biography

Charles Cattermole (1832-1900) was part of the wave of Victorian artists who were interested in reconstituting the Britain of the past in their pictures, combining an imaginative and lively vision of history with an antiquarian attention to period detail in such matters as costume, accessories and setting. Cattermole showed his work at venues including the Society of British Artists, the British Institution, the Royal Academy and the Society of Painters in Water Colours, of which he became an associate in 1863 and a full member in 1870.

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Code kn590
Artist Charles Cattermole (1832-1900)
Date 1861
Dimensions 33.5 x 22.2cm
Framed Yes
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Interiors
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