Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding – Chepstow Castle and Bridge on the Wye
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Signed and dated with the artist’s initials C F 182(7/1?). Watercolour over graphite with highlights in gum Arabic on white wove paper. Displayed in a new mount. Old label verso: Copley Fielding. 116. A Lake Scene, with ruins.
Provenance: J.& W. Vokins, London. Henry Rogers; Christie’s, 21 May 1878, lot 116 (10 gns. to Cleve). With Leveton & Sons, Norwich. Christie’s, 25 April 1995, lot 96 (£978. Inc Premium). Albany Gallery, London.
A print of the subject was engraved by William Tombleson after Copley Fielding. See black and white image: National Library of Wales. http://hdl.handle.net/10107/1130314 Please note that the illustrated engraved print is not included in the sale.
Sheet: 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (15 x 19.8 cm.)
Mount: 11 5/8 x 13 5/8 in. (29.6 x 34.5 cm.)
ILLUSTRATED PRINT: ARTIST., Copley Fielding. ENGRAVER., W. Tombleson. BOOK., “Curiosities of Great Britain. England and Wales Delineated: Historical, Entertaining, and Commercial”, alphabetically arranged by Thomas Dugdale Antiquarian, assisted by William Burnett; Published by L. Tallis, London, printed 1845.
A similar view of Chepstow Castle was published nearer to the date of our watercolour in ‘Wanderings and excursions in South Wales, including the scenery of the River Wye’, 1837 by Thomas Roscoe. Apparently, the book was first published in 1830. Although Copley Fielding contributed some engravings, the version on page 137 in the 1837 edition was engraved by William Radclyffe after Henry Warren. We haven’t managed to find a copy of the 1830 edition to compare.
Chepstow Castle at Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales is the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain.