Stanfield R.A., Clarkson (1793 - 1867)
An Albanian Merchant or Seaman Riding a Gondola. Pencil, watercolour and gouache. Signed and dated, 1830. Dedicated 'C Stanfield / to George Morant Esq / May 1832'. 8.25x11.75 inches. Framed: 15.5x19.25 inches.

This drawing was made on Stanfield's first visit to Venice. He travelled through Holland, up the Rhine and returned through France. Similar figues can be seen in the lower left of his Venice from the Dogana of 1833 (Bowood House). The dedication is to the furniture and frame maker George Morant (1770-1846) or his son George John Morant (1799-1865). Perhaps the Morants had framed one of Stanfield's paintings, and this was presented as a thank you. We are grateful to Pieter van der Merwe for his help in cataloguing this drawing.

This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024