Antique watercolor painting of Greek or Roman temple in Mediterranean landscape

Watercolor on heavy paper, 6 1/4" by 9", (9" by 11" as framed), unsigned, the subject a marble Parthenon-like classical ruined temple at right, several picturesquely dressed figures in the right foreground, and a cypress tree at left framing the scene. I'd guess the age as circa mid 19th century. Unfortunately there is no signature nor other hint as to authorship. The paper is generally somewhat browned with advanced age, and the extreme left and right 1/2" or so is severely browned---evidently from long contact with the acidic mat---but the great majority of the image area is otherwise in good condition, and there are no foxing spots nor water damage areas. Viewed from the reverse, one sees an old "knot hole" from old wood backing, and there is a faint evidence of that on the front side but it is not obtrusive. The frame, with some losses noted, is still antique but not as old as the drawing. First photo shows the art just sitting in the present frame, not behind the glass. Topographical art and travel and exploration subjects are popular now, and entire auctions are devoted to this sort of work. The noted English artist Edward Lear traveled in the southern Mediterranean early in the 19th century and some of his fine watercolors bring huge sums at London auctions. .

Item ID: JB01813

$425 USD

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