Watercolour Sketchbook
Watercolour Sketchbook
Watercolour Sketchbook
Watercolour Sketchbook
Watercolour Sketchbook


Watercolour Sketchbook

c. 1895 England

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Fifteen watercolours of sea and landscapes with extensive sketches and smaller paintings throughout this sketchbook, dated 1895. Plus two separate postcard size paintings of lascars, one inscribed ‘Quartermaster’ to the rear. Numerous, highly detailed studies of sailing boats from the Middle East and steam/cargo ships and their names. One watercolour presents the burning of government buildings at Ketch, and the others are from North Africa, Turkey, Aden and Venice. There are also what appears to be paintings of English and Australian coastlines. To the rear of one of the paintings is an array of semaphore flags, spelling out “England Expects that Every Man Will do His Duty”, Trafalgar, Oct 21 1805.
10 x 7 inches. Paintbrush/pencil holder attached to top edge front board.
Book Condition: Fair. Beige cloth boards soiled with hole to front cloth and board. Spine worn to head and tail and corners all rubbed. Three pages appear to be neatly cut out.
John William Henry Marshall-West 1858 – 1928
Born in Melbourne, Australia, the son of a Gentleman, John West moved back to the UK in 1863. He was schooled in London and joined the 13th Light Infantry, Prince Albert’s Somersetshire Regiment thereafter. Based in Devonport, his first overseas posting, as Lieutenant, was in the Colony of Natal in South Eastern Africa until 1879. Pencil drawings in his earliest sketchpad appear to show evidence of his time with the Zulu people. As he rose through the ranks to Captain in the following years, he became a highly respected military instructor in London, travelling extensively both privately and with the army. As Lieutenant Colonel, he received the South Africa Medal with the Cape Colony clasp following his active service between 1899 and 1902 in the second Boer War.

Born West, he was later to attach his mother’s maiden name – Marshall - to his own, becoming Marshall-West at some point in the mid 1890s. Occupying significant social and military status, John West married Julia, the widow of Colonel Hugh Millett, in 1887. His only child, Evelyn Lovett, was born 2 years later and he adopted the daughter of his wife, Edith Maude Millett, who was to become a highly celebrated actress in the last decade of the 19th century. John William Henry Marshall-West died in 1928 in Surrey.

Although he was not trained as an artist, his work shows great mastery of watercolour and the use and mixing of colour. He demonstrates significant competence at the impression of space, movement and perspective and depicts water and sky with considerable realism. Buildings and sailing boats are executed with architectural and graphic accuracy and his depiction of characters appears to capture personality and spirit. He came from an artistic background, his mother being a capable artist and his aunt, Emily Mary Marshall, producing a considerable number of watercolours of significant merit. His brother, Algernon Edward West, pursued an education in art by attending Art College in London at the age of 25.
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