Large watercolor on paper European street scene with half timbered style houses and many figures going about their daily lives, 21 1/2" by 16 3/4" (an impressive 36 3/4" by 29 1/2" in its original Victorian Eastlake style framing complete with original sawn wood back boards), signed at lower left and dated there 1875 by the well listed English watercolor artist THOMAS COLMAN DIBDIN (1810-1893), and titled "Caudebec". The scene is of an old town in Normandy, France, where the artist captured in exquisite detail the charm of this old, highly picturesque place. The watercolor is in amazingly good condition considering its age, with no foxing nor fading of the colors. The mat shows its age but the painting itself is excellent. The Victorian frame has wear consistent with its age. There is a plaque at bottom bearing the artist's name. Dibdin was born in Surrey outside of London. He began working in the post office but by age 28 was already headed to the Continent to paint in France, Germany and Belgium. In 1845 he published a guide to watercolor painting, and he is apparently credited with inventing the chromo-lithography process which became very popular in the third quarter of the nineteenth century in Europe and America. This large piece should be professionally packaged for safe shipping.
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