Hercules Brabazon Brabazon

Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
A Bay with White Sand
Watercolor, opaque watercolor on paper.
6 1/8 x 9 5/16 inches (155 x 236mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.

Inscribed at lower left, "HBB"; inscribed on verso in graphite, "Riviera di Penente [?]".

Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. A0152).

Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, NEAC (1821-1906), exh. cat. (London, 1989).


Brabazon trained for a short time under James D'Egville and Alfred Downing Fripp, however he was largely self-taught. On trips to Spain, Italy, Egypt, the Indies and France, Brabazon executed scores of landscapes in watercolor and other media. The present drawing likely dates to the time Brabazon spent in Italy as the drawing's verso bears the inscription "Riviera di Penente," which is a stretch of coast that lies in the curve of the Ligurian coast that stretches west from Genoa to the French border. Brabazon captures the chalky cliffs and Mediterranean villages of the region with his characteristically hazy line and glow of the watercolor and gauche. The drawing is inscribed with his conventional signature: 'HBB'. It is similar to another undated composition by the artist, 'The Bury, on the Rivera' (illustrated in Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, 1821-1906).

Associated names: 

McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.