Hector Caffieri travelled regularly to the French coastal town of Boulogne-sur-Mer where he drew the fisherfolk and children and made studies of quaysides and coastal scenes. His loose, painterly style combined watercolour and dilute bodycolour in a decorative manner. He favoured compositions with the masts and rigging of fishing boats silhouetted against misty skies. He used a palette of pale greys, ochres, yellows, blues (mostly for clothing) and reds, manipulating the fluid pigment to create diffuse effects.


  • Title: Early morning, Boulogne
  • Creator: Hector Caffieri
  • Date Created: circa 1890s
  • Physical Dimensions: 45.8 x 57.7 cm image/sheet; 76.0 x 88.0 x 3.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: Hector Caffieri, Purchased from the artist, through the Sydney art dealer W Bradley, 1906
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Purchased 1906
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/1096/
  • Medium: watercolour and bodycolour
  • Signature & Date: Signed l.l., "H Caffieri". Not dated.
  • Artist Country: England

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