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P.J. Crowle - Signed 1933 Watercolour, Indian Village, Vemgal



A fine early 20th century example of the Indian watercolours which were produced by residing and travelling British artists at the time. In the present watercolour, the artist P.J. Crowle has depicted a tiny village identified as 'Vemgal'. There is an old label to the reverse going the date, title and biographical details of the artist. Well presented in a washline mount an modern frame. Signed and dated and inscribed. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and light foxing in areas, as shown.


19 x 25cm (7.5" x 9.8")
Framed Size: 31.5 x 36cm (12.4" x 14.2")

Artist Biography

English artists started travelling to India and painting its landscapes under the employment of the East India Company in the 18th century. Alongside this, more and more British people were travelling to India as military and civil officers, providing a market for these paintings. In the times before photography, these images also acted as fashionable decoration for members of British society back home. During the 19th century the number of British artists travelling to India soared, and it is from this period that most of the works in private and public collections originate. Topographical and architectural drawings of India were also created for a more practical use to aid engineers, and this was a well respected profession. We know that the artist of the present watercolour, P.J. Crowle was a mining engineer in India between 1909 and 1943, so it is understandable that they would have such a keen eye for draughtsmanship.



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Code kj732
Artist P.J. Crowle
Date 1933
Dimensions 19 x 25cm
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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