Watercolor and gouache painting on paper, circa mid 19th century, of a house by a canal or waterway, with several figures in the image, unsigned, measuring 14" by 9 1/2". There is a simple frame as well (not pictured, but available at no extra cost, with the painting). The work is charming and clearly antique. I have thought about the country of origin, and have not been able to come to a clear answer; the architecture and dress of the figure on the boat suggests to me eastern Europe, or southeastern Europe (Albania, Croatia, Bulgaria, even, possibly, Turkey or the southern part of Russia on the Black Sea and so forth. The architecture does not look like Greece or Italy. The small lookout tower on the edge of a fort at right distance is an interesting feature that might provide a clue. The date of execution is probably about 1860, I would think. There is some browning of the drawing especially visible in the sky, not unusual or objectionable considering the great age, and the fact that it has not been framed with archival materials (wood backing, acidic boards, etc.). Should anyone have an idea as to country depicted, please let me know.
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