Charles Whymper – Priest Island-Looking North West

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Signed in pencil with initials and inscribed ‘Priest Island’. A further inscription on the back reads; Priest Island – N.W., Ross-shire, Lochbroom. Pencil and watercolour heightened with white. Mounted.


This watercolour is a study for the larger (finished) watercolour illustrated in Christies sale of Drawings, Watercolours and pictures of Birds, London 2 March 1990. Lot 69.

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9 5/8 in x 6 5/8 in. (24.6 cm x 17 cm.)

Frame or Mount

15 5/8 in x 12 1/8 in. (39.6 cm x 31 cm.)


Whymper, Charles H (1853-1941)

Illustrator and painter Charles Whymper (1853-1941), was born on 31 August 1853 in London. His father, Josiah Wood Whymper (1813-1903), was a well-known painter and engraver. Whymper was educated at the Royal Academy Schools. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors, the New Gallery, and the Fine Art Society, London. In 1909 Whymper was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors. He was a prolific book illustrator specializing in travel, animal, and hunting themes and contributed to The Illustrated London News, Good Words, and The English Illustrated Magazine. Whymper died on 25 April 1941. Further Reading: Houfe, Simon. “Whymper, Charles H. RI 1853-1941.” The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1981. 496. Print.