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Illuminated Frontispiece with an Artist Painting a River Scene for William T. Walters' Drawings Album "Original Sketches"

C. M. B. (American)1859

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

This is the illuminated frontispiece for one of William T. Walters' drawings albums, titled "Original Sketches." It is clearly inspired by medieval manuscript illuminations. It shows an artist in a white suit painting a river scene in the initial letter "S" and the ground is an all-over formalized vine pattern.

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  • Title: Illuminated Frontispiece with an Artist Painting a River Scene for William T. Walters' Drawings Album "Original Sketches"
  • Creator: C. M. B. (American)
  • Date Created: 1859
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: C. M. B. (American)
  • Provenance: Commissioned by William T. Walters, Baltimore, by 1859; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
  • Object Type: watercolors; frontispiece
  • Medium: watercolor on paper
  • Inscriptions: [Initialed] on shield: C M B [Dated] bottom right: Ao Di MDCCCLIX
  • Exhibitions: American Artists Abroad: Works from the Permanent Collection . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014.
  • Dimensions: H: 5 1/16 x W: 7 3/16 in. (12.8 x 18.2 cm); Paper H: 7 5/16 x w: 9 7/16 in. (18.5 x 24 cm); Mat H: 14 1/4 x W: 19 1/4 in. (36.2 x 48.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Commissioned by William T. Walters, by 1859
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.1532

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