Inscribed at lower right in red chalk: "H.B.B."
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 painted scores of landscapes in watercolor. The present drawing likely dates to the time Brabazon spent in Egypt as the drawing documents Luxor. A rapidly rendered palm tree and architectural and sculptural ruins sit beneath a vibrant blue sky in the drawing, in which Brabazon characteristically emphasized mass through bold transitions between light and shadow.
McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.