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Watercolour on paper, each one entitled beneath in ink:
‘A native of the Camira Mountains in Albania and the wolf dog of that country’
‘A native of the Island of Lefsa in the Adriatic carrying water to the English camp’ (Now Lefkáda in the Ionian Islands)
‘A fisherman of Venice and his son’
All three inscribed above in pencil ‘Admiral Hollis’
Circa 1820 – 30
Size: 26cm high, 21 cm wide – 10¼ ins high, 8¼ ins wide
Albania was noted for the military dictatorship of Ali Pasha whose court was described by Byron in his poem ‘Childe Harold’. Known as the warlord of Western Greece he established links with the Romanians and Serb rebels to help the Greek subjects of the Ottoman Empire overthrow Turkish domination. The revolt gained the popular support of the Christian world and many foreign volunteers, of whom Byron who went out in 1823 was the most celebrated, joined the Greek forces. In 1827 Britain and Russia at the Treaty of London offered to mediate and secure an autonomous Greek state. The Turks refused and Britain, Russia and France sent a combined fleet which destroyed the Egyptian fleet a Navarino. The following year the Russians seized Adrianople and threatened Constantinople. The Turks agreed to make peace in 1829 and the conference of London in 1832 confirmed Greek independence. It is most probable that Admiral Hollis played a part in these naval conflicts and that he painted these watercolours during the time of the Greek War for Independence.