A selection of Roman sites done in gouache by Italian topographical artist Carlo Labruzzi who lived from 1748 to 1817. His drawings were very popular with those making the Grand Tour.

“Arch of Galliano.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Waterfalls in the Villa Maecenas in Tivoli.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Tempio della Fortuna Virile.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Avanzo del Tempio della Concordia.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.

Please note that the auction house catalog lists the titles and I have done my best to identify which is which but I could be wrong. Thank you! Sarah.

Watercolors from an album documenting Lieutenant Colonel William Godfrey Rason’s 1857-1861expedition from England to Southeast Asia with the Royal Marines, on board HMS Chesapeake. Bonham’s website states that there are 65 watercolors. The post here includes the ones that are shown in their catalog.

“The Princess Charlotte – Hong Kong 1857.” Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“At the Gun Battery, Chatham.” 1857-1861. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
No description shown. 1857-1861. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
No description shown. 1857-1861. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Port Louis Mauritius taken from the bell buoy at anchor – The Pouce Mountain.”857-1861. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Nagasaki, Japan.” 1861. Signed and dated on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Chinese gun in the Taku Forts” (upper image). “Rocks – Miau-Tau Islands.” (lower image). 1857-1861. Both signed on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“View of the Taku forts mouth of ? River north of China. Attacked successfully 23rd June, 1856.” (upper image) “In the market – Tientsin” (bottom left); “Tatar ponies – Camp near Tientsin – 1860” (bottom right). 1856 and 1860. All three signed on the lower right.. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Joss house and bazaar at the camp – Tientsin 1860” (upper image) and “In the Market – Camp – Tientsin October, 1860” (lower image). 1860. Both signed on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“H.M.S. Atlantic after a collision in Hong Kong Harbor.” 1857-1861. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“City and Suburbs of Nan Tau -1859” (upper image); “Boats of Kintang (?)” (lower image). 1857-1861. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“1859 – at Kowloon looking towards the Halfmoon Pass.” 1859. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Cape Bab-el-Mandeb – Entrance to Red Sea – Island of Perim” (upper image); “Waterspout at Jeddah – Red Sea- 23rd December, 1858 – as seen from H.M.S. Chesapeake.” 1858. Lower watercolor signed on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1

“Cape Bab-el-Mandeb – Entrance to Red Sea – Island of Perim” (upper image); “Waterspout near Jeddah – Red Sea – 23rd December, 1858 as seen from H.M.S. Chesapeake” (lower image). 1858. Waterspout watercolor signed on the lower left. Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
“Aden from H.MS. Chesapeake.” Signed and dated 1858 lower center Image © Bonhams 2001-2021. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27097/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1

At the time of the Second Opium War (1856-1860).

Bit of places all dancing in air. Watercolors of designs by England’s John Dibblee Crace. Living from 1838 to 1919, he worked for Queen Victoria. Member of a family firm that helped decorate the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

“Design for a room with two fireplaces”. ca. 1860. English. Ink, watercolor and gouache on paper. Stamped “John G. Crace & Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” on the lower right. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363018?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=3
“New University Club/Design of stained glass for skylight over staircase”. 19th c. English. Pen and brown ink with watercolor over graphite.  Signed “JD Crace/[indecipherable]” at lower right on the verso. Stamped”John D. Crace / 38 Wigmore Street W” in purple ink at the lower right of recto. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363512?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=4




“Elevation of Wall for a Coffee Room”. ca. 1887, English. Watercolor and graphite with touches of gouache. Stamped “John G. Grace and Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” in purple ink at the lower left. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363524?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=5
“Design for Organ Pipes Decorated with Flowers and Fleur-de-lys.” 19th c. English. Watercolor over graphite with touches of gilt. Signed “J.D. Crace” in pen and black ink at the lower right. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363507?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=7

Portraits of African animals, hand colored aquatints (watercolors), taken from Samuel and William Daniell’s 1804 work “African Scenery and Animals”. From a family of landscape artists, Samuel Daniells traveled extensively in Africa with his brother William where they drew as they went, publishing their work after. All of these being offered in one lot by Doyle Auctions in New York.

“The African Rhinoceros.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The Hippopotamus.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The Klip-springer.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the
“The African Hog.” 1804-1805. British. Hand-colored aquatint. Published by the artist in London. Image © 2002-2021 LiveAuctioneers. and Doyle New York. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/108742033_samuel-daniell-the-hippopotamus-the-african-hog-the

Up into the Arctic and down to the Antarctic with English watercolorist Charles Hamilton Smith who was also a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Artillery. Living from 1776 to 1859, he painted what he saw as he traveled around the world during his military career.

“Spitzbergen, Bearing South,” from the collection of 75 watercolors entitled “Views of Polar Regions”. 19th c. English. Watercolor and graphite. Collections of the Yale Center for British Arts, New Haven. Image © Yale Center for British Arts. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://wanderingvertexes.blogspot.com/2021/08/newtontoppen-spitzbergen-by-charles.html
“Remarkable Iceberg seen in July, 1818.” ca. 1818. English. Watercolor and graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper. Collections of the Collections of the Yale Center for British Arts, New Haven. Image © Yale Center for British Arts, Paul Mellon Collection. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/remarkable-iceberg-charles-hamilton-smith-1776%E2%80%931859-belgian/kwFvKsdBrhN6Xw
“Victoria lands, South Polar Regions: Mont Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica,” from the collection of 75 watercolors entitled “Views of Polar Regions”. 19th c. English. Watercolor and graphite. Collections of the Yale Center for British Arts, New Haven. Image © Yale Center for British Arts. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://wanderingvertexes.blogspot.com/2019/10/erebus-seen-by-charles-hamilton-smith.html
“Mount Sabine, Victoria Land,  Antarctica, discovered in 1841,” from the collection of 75 watercolors entitled “Views of Polar Regions”. ca. 1841. English. Watercolor. Collections of the Yale Center for British Arts, New Haven. Image © Yale Center for British Arts. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://wanderingvertexes.blogspot.com/2019/11/mount-sabine-by-charles-hamilton-smith.html

Geometrical figures and perspective drawings, 16th century watercolors preserved at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel in Lower Saxony. No artist or author’s name but beautiful.

Image 63. Collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. In the pubic domain due to age. via https://diglib.hab.de/wdb.php?dir=mss/74-1-aug-2f&distype=thumbs
Image 65. Collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. In the pubic domain due to age. via https://diglib.hab.de/wdb.php?dir=mss/74-1-aug-2f&distype=thumbs
Image 69. Image 65. Collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. In the pubic domain due to age. via https://diglib.hab.de/wdb.php?dir=mss/74-1-aug-2f&distype=thumbs

Artwork from various Finnish artists, that illustrate “The Kalevala,” the national epic poem of Finland. Collections of the State of Finland and very pretty.

“The defense of the Sampo.” Sketch for the cupola frescoes of the Finnish Pavilion at the  1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. 1899. Finnish. Gouache on paper. Akseli Gallen-Kallela, artist (1865-1931). Collections of the National Board of Antiquities of the State of Finland. Photo credit: Finnish National Gallery. Cc0 license, copyright free. via https://www.kansallisgalleria.fi/en/object/389962
Aino myth triptych. 1891. Finnish. Oil on canvas. Akseli Gallen-Kallela, artist (1865-1931). Collections of the State of Finland. Photo credit: National Gallery of Finland. Cc0 License, copyright free. via https://www.kansallisgalleria.fi/en/object/392351
“Väinämöisen’s call.” 19th c, before 1873. Finnish. Oil on canvas. Robert Wilhelm Ekman, artist (1808-1873). Collections of the Ateneum Art Museum. Photo credit: National Gallery of Finland. Cc0 License, copyright free. via https://www.kansallisgalleria.fi/en/object/400334
“Ilmater.” 1860. Finnish. Oil. Robert Wilhelm Ekman, artist (1808-1873). Collections of the Ateneum Art Museum. Photo credit: National Gallery of Finland. Cc0 License, copyright free. via https://www.kansallisgalleria.fi/en/object/402262

Watercolors of flowers. American. Annie Gooding Sykes, artist. Living from 1855 to 1931, she was the daughter of a silversmith. Studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy.

“Still Life with Chrysanthemums.” Undated. American. Watercolor and gouache on artist’s board. Signed in watercolor on the lower left. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/ANNIE-GOODING-SYKES-Still-Life-with-Chrysanthemums?saleno=2575&lotNo=71&refNo=778303

“Gladiolus Garden.” ca. 1900. American. Watercolor on cream wove paper. Signed in pencil over red ink on the lower left. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/ANNIE-GOODING-SYKES-Gladiolus-Garden?saleno=2575&lotNo=72&refNo=778301
“Lillies in Bloom.” 20th c. American. Watercolor. Signed on the lower right. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/art/drawings-watercolor-paintings/landscape-drawings-watercolors/annie-gooding-sykes-lillies-bloom/id-a_421482/

Hand-colored aquatint and engraved folio sheets of places on the Hudson River in New York State taken from the “Hudson River Portfolio”. William Guy Wall, artist. Engraved by John Hill. Published in New York by Henry I Megarey between 1821 and 1825. All of these taken from a current Swann Auctions catalog.

“View from Fort Montgomery,” from the “Hudson River Portfolio.” William Guy Wall, artist. John Hill, engraver. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/-HUDSON-RIVER-PORTFOLIO–John-Hill–after-William-Guy-Wall-G?saleno=2571&lotNo=221&refNo=777821
“Troy from Mount Ida,” from the “Hudson River Portfolio.” William Guy Wall, artist. John Hill, engraver. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/-HUDSON-RIVER-PORTFOLIO–John-Hill–after-William-Guy-Wall-G?saleno=2571&lotNo=221&refNo=777821
“View near Fort Miller,” from the “Hudson River Portfolio.” William Guy Wall, artist. John Hill, engraver. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/-HUDSON-RIVER-PORTFOLIO–John-Hill–after-William-Guy-Wall-G?saleno=2571&lotNo=221&refNo=777821
“View near Sandy Hill,” from the “Hudson River Portfolio.” William Guy Wall, artist. John Hill, engraver. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/-HUDSON-RIVER-PORTFOLIO–John-Hill–after-William-Guy-Wall-G?saleno=2571&lotNo=221&refNo=777821
“Rapids above Hadleys Falls.” from the “Hudson River Portfolio.” William Guy Wall, artist. John Hill, engraver. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/-HUDSON-RIVER-PORTFOLIO–John-Hill–after-William-Guy-Wall-G?saleno=2571&lotNo=221&refNo=777821

Visions of an India that isn’t coming back. One of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). English. Henry Salt, artist. Living from 1780 to 1827, he was also a diplomat and collector of antiquities.

“Ruins of the fort at Juanpore on the River Goomtee,” taken from “Twenty Four Views in Saint Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt.” Published in 1809. Image source bl.uk. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_Salt-05.jpg
“View near Point de Galle, Ceylon” from “Twenty Four Views in Saint Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt.” Published in 1809. Image source: bl.uk. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years agovia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_Salt-08.jpg
“Riacotta in the Baramahal,” Plate 12 of Henry Salt’s “Twenty Four Views in Saint Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt.” Published in 1809. Image source: europeana.eu. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riacotta_in_the_Baramahal.jpg