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In the Tyrol

James B. Pyne (British, 1800-1870)


In 1846, Pyne made his first extended Continental tour. He followed the Rhine through Germany to Switzerland, crossed the Tyrolean Alps and descended into Italy.

The expressed purpose of this trip was to study the light effects that were peculiar to the Alpine region. This watercolor, probably depicting one of the treacherous roadways ascending to the mountain passes on the Italian-Swiss border, is, however, one of his few actual Alpine subjects.

Walter Turner, Birmingham, Turner Sale, Sotheby, London; bt. Thomas Agnew and Sons; H.C. Green; Green Sale, Sotheyby, London, Oct. 18, 1961 (132); bt. Grace Ritchie through John Mitchell and Son, London

Object Information

artist
James B. Pyne (British, 1800-1870)
creation date
1846
materials
watercolor on off-white paper
dimensions
8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
signed and dated in ink, L.C.: J B Pyne / 1846
accession number
2000.186
credit line
Bequest of Grace Ritchie
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors