Lot 7: English School. Sluice House, New River, 1779, gouache on paper, showing a brick and timber building on the river, with a young boy fishing, accompanied by a dog, and a lady and gentleman on the opposite side of the river, with a traveller on the road behind, and Hornsey Wood House in the distance, slightly rubbed and creased, 13.5 x 18.5cm (5.25 x 7.25ins), attractive veneered frame, glazed, with early manuscript label on verso 'Sluice House, New River 1779, Hornsey Wood House in the distance', backboard additionally inscribed 'B.D. Kershaw Jany 1897'. The Sluice House was situated near to a tavern known as Eel Pie House. Although this stretch of water was popular with London anglers, the eels in the famous pies which gave the tavern its name came from Holland. Hornsey Wood House was a small roadside public house, and the adjacent wood was for a time a theatre for duellists. (1)
Dominic Winter's Fine Art & Antiques Auction July 2015
Thursday, 16th July 2015
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