This pair of all original and highly decorative, small watercolor paintings dates to the late 18th century, circa 1790 to 1800. Painted in an en grisaille palette and complete with their original 18th century, titled eglomise glass mounts; this is a truly delicious pair of Welsh folk art paintings.
One of the paintings portrays the spectacular Harlech Castle, Gwynedd, Wales. The castle is perched on a rock and was built by Edward I in the 13th century to keep a watchful eye over the region of Snowdonia. This early depiction of the castle has some interesting details, most interestingly is the proximity of the sea to the castle. Many hundreds of years ago a channel connected the castle to the sea in order to allow the delivery of vital supplies via the water. If you visit the castle today you will notice that this is no longer the case as the waterline has receded significantly.
The second watercolor depicts the West view of the military stronghold Caernarvon Castle, Wales. This is often anglicized as Carnarvon Castle. Carnarvon Castle is the most famous castle in Wales, and dates back to the 13th Century.
As mentioned previously, both miniature paintings are housed behind old, bubbled wavy glass with their titled mounts. They are housed in the most wonderful original 18th century gilt wood frames with egg and dart beading and their original top suspension hangers.
Measuring: Frame width 6.75 inch (17 cm) by height 5 7/8 inch (15 cm). Frame depth 0.75 inch (2 cm). Watercolor width 4 inch (10 cm) by height 3 inch (7.5 cm).
Condition: Both of the paintings are in very good to excellent condition, the frames are in good condition with some very, very minor surface wear and a fabulous natural patina.
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