PAIR of pencil drawings, one titled "The Customs House London" (1820) and the other a botanical still life, both bearing the original auction stickers and labels from the Sotheby's London sale of October 9, 1996. The Customs House work measures 10 1/2" by 7 7/8" inside the mat. It is signed "By Thom. S. Boys" at lower left and titled "The Custom House London 1820" at right. The thin, delicate paper of that drawing is rumpled/crinkled a bit at upper left and there is a little bit of discoloration in a few spots in the bottom portion. The botanical still life with insect, signed with conjoined initials at lower left, measures 9 1/4" by 7". The very thin delicate paper is considerably crinkled at upper left; inspection shows that the crinkling is caused by a somewhat crude past reinforcement/taping effort. While the work is not laid down, it is taped at top edge. The paper has a "Whatman Turkey Mill 1820" watermark. At some time someone wrote "Orig, Pencil 4--" on the reverse. Boys' fine watercolor drawings can bring very large sums at auction. Considered an important english watercolor painter and lithographer of the 19th century, the artist was first apprenticed to an engraver. At the end of that apprenticeship he went to Paris, the first of many cross-Channel trips, and came under the influence of famed Richard Parkes Bonington, who encouraged Boys to paint rather than pursue the graphic arts. While in Paris, Boys shared a studio with artist William Callow (see three drawings by that artist in my shop). By the late 1830's, Boys was lithographing works of David Roberts and Clarkson Stanfield, and it was in 1839 that he created perhaps his most important work, a collection of color lithograph views. Shortly thereafter, he published lithographs of original views of London for which he himself had made the drawings. At least one biography suggests that Boys' career success dwindled in the latter portion of his life. There is a lot of information on the net about the artist. **Allow for reflections of a railing in some images; MORE PHOTOS UPON REQUEST (I can only show nine per Ruby Lane listing)** SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER DRAWINGS, PRINTS AND PAINTINGS IN MY SHOP.
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