Théodore Gudin (1802 - 1880)

Moonlit Scene on the Isle of Mull, with a Scottish Soldier Seated on the Shores of a Loch Sold

Pen and brown ink and brown wash, heightened with white, over traces of an underdrawing in pencil, on blue paper.
Signed, dated and inscribed T. Gudin. Mull. 4 Juin 1842 at the lower left.
134 x 235 mm. (5 1/4 x 9 1/4 in.)


Drawn on the island of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland, this drawing – which is signed and dated the 4th of June, 1842 - is likely to have been made as an autonomous work, rather than as a study for a painting. The drawing appears to depict the Gribun cliffs on Loch Na Keal, a sea loch on the west coast of Mull, as seen from the small island of Inch Kenneth at the mouth of the loch.

Gudin spent much time in Scotland, where his wife’s family was from, and was often a guest of his father-in-law at his home of Seaton Park in Aberdeenshire, From there he would send paintings to be exhibited at the Royal Academy and the British Institution in London, while others were shown in Paris, including such genre paintings as A Scottish Hunting Party, exhibited at the Salon of 1849. The artist retired to Scotland after the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-1871. Among other watercolours of Scottish scenes by Gudin is a large, finished view of mountains near Perth, today in the collection of the Musée du Louvre.

A moonlit seascape by Théodore Gudin, dated the same year as the present sheet and on similar deep blue paper, appeared at auction in Paris in 2009. Another stylistically similar moonlit scene on this distinctive blue paper, depicting a hunter shooting at a lion, was part of a large group of drawings by the artist sold at auction in Paris in 2000.

Guy Maugras, Monaco
Thence by descent until 2012.

Théodore GUDIN

Moonlit Scene on the Isle of Mull, with a Scottish Soldier Seated on the Shores of a Loch


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