Watercolor on paper, 10 1/4" by 5 1/4" (15 1/2" by 10 1/2" framed), the subject apparently an ornate inner courtyard of a famous Portuguese palace and present day tourist magnet, the Sintra National Palace near Lisbon. I am guessing on this, having googled various possibilities, but comparing the window style, wonderful tile details and the castellated ledge at top, I think the odds are excellent that this be the Portuguese subject. Inchbold (1856-1921) was an English-born artist who traveled extensively late in the 19th century, through the Holy Land, North Africa and the Mediterranean, Portugal, the western United States including California, and even British Columbia in Canada. Originally a school teacher, he studied under the German portrait and social realist artist Sir Hubert von Herkomer. By 1884 Inchbold was already exhibiting at the Royal Academy. In 1887 he was in Victoria, British Columbia, as co-owner of a photographic business; and in 1888 was in California. Today a number of scenes of San Francisco's Chinatown are known. Inchbold married a woman who was a writer and travel writer, and he illustrated in color a number of her books. It appears that he was back in England in the final years of his life. By far, the most commonly encountered works by the artist feature scenes of the Middle East; Jerusalem, Syria, and Lebanon works have appeared at auction. Condition: Excellent considering its age. The work was laid on a board in the 19th century manner. There is an overmat which lifts away on three sides. Colors are fresh and not faded. The frame is quite serviceable with just a little corner loss. The crumbling old original back board shows water staining but luckily that did not affect the art itself. Allow for a few reflections in glass. See other images of Inchbold's works online. .
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