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Entrance to the Port of Constantinople

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (painted)
    Constantinople (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1794 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mayer, Clara (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and gum, heightened with white, on laid paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:

    SD.641

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 89, shelf SCX, box 11

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Turkey (painted)
Constantinople (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1794 (painted)

Artist/maker

Mayer, Clara (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and gum, heightened with white, on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered VEDUTA DELL'INGRESSO DEL PORTO DI COSPOLI LA PUNTA DEL SERRAGLIO, CALCEDONIA, E COSTA D'ASIA and signed Clara Mayer féce
View of the entrance to the Port of Constantinople, Seraglio Point, Chalcedon, and the Asian Shore.

Dimensions

Height: 41 cm, Width: 56 cm

Historical context note

A version, View of the City of Constantinople between the Seraglio Point & the City of Scutary..., engraved by J.W. Edy, published 1794 by J. Harris: see SP.374. Cf. a version, with nine other views of Constantinople and the Bosphorus, all inscribed and all signed by Clara Barthold, except one signed Clara Mayer (née Barthold): on the art market, June 1979. Cf. also, VEDUTA DELL'INGRESSO DEL PORTO DI COSTANTINOPOLI, LA PUNTA DEL SERRAGLIO, E LA COSTA DELL'ASIA, DA SCUTARI SINO ALLA PUNTA DI CALCEDONIA.., no.IX of several views of Constantinople and the Bosphorus by Luigi Mayer, on which Clara's watercolours are based: in the BM, PD (C.195) See list in Searight Archive.
A series of twenty-seven views of Constantinople and environs were engraved by Thomas Milton and published by Thomas Bensley of Fleet Street, for the Bowyer Historic Gallery, Pall Mall, in 1801: see Sotheby's, 27.11.80 (19 & 22).

Descriptive line

Watercolour, Entrance to the Port of Constantinople, about 1794. Clara (or Chiara) Mayer (née Barthold)

Materials

Watercolour

Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Harbours

Categories

Paintings; Topographical watercolours

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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