Edward Dayes – Monteviot, Roxburghshire, c.1792
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Watercolour with black ink and grey wash on laid paper, watermark; Fleur de lis over shield, laid onto thick Whatman card with a grey wash line border. Inscribed on the reverse “Mounteviot”. Mounted and framed.
Sheet: 11 x 16 3/8 in. (28 x 41.5 cm.)
Card: 15 1/8 x 21 7/8 in. (38.6 x 51.5 cm.)
Frame: 19 5/8 x 24 5/8 in. (49.9 x 62.4 cm.)
Provenance: Thomas Agnew & Sons 43 Old bond Street.
This is one of several drawings of picturesque and architectural subjects that Dayes made for his patron, the wealthy linen draper James Moore (1762-1799). Moore was a passionate antiquarian and amateur artist who travelled all over Britain gathering material for his publications, which included Twenty-five Views in the Southern Part of Scotland, 1794. It was Moore’s practise to make sketches of the sites he visited, before commissioning professional artists to work up versions of his drawings for publication. This watercolour of Mounteviot, correctly spelt, Monteviot, was probably painted from a sketch by Moore in or around 1792.
Other subjects from Roxburghshire by Edward Dayes include Melrose Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey, and Kelso Abbey. All three watercolours are signed and dated 1792 on the mounts.