Fishing Boats off the Needles, Isle of Wight

Col.William Markham
(1796-1852) British
Title Fishing Boats off the Needles, Isle of Wight
Category Recently Sold
Medium & Size Watercolour. Frame: 14x18 ½ in. Inscribed on paper mount verso ‘Fishing Boats of the Needles by William Markham Esq of Becca*’
Price Band up to £2,000
Location Petworth

A superb album of over 60 watercolours by Markham, mainly marine were sold at Sotheby's, London in September 1999. Markham was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, and owned a yacht named "The Antelope" which he raced at Cowes and then followed the Squadron to the North-West .They were attributed to a period circa 1850 by Sotheby's, but the style of the ferry boats would indicate a period of circa 1830-40.

*Becca Hall in Yorkshire was built in 1783 for William Markham, the Archbishop of York (1719-1807), the grandfather of William.

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