Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd

  • Pen and ink
  • 5 × 10 ¾ inches · 127 × 274 mm
  • Inscribed ‘Golfi di Caturro’ lower centre,
    further inscribed ‘Castel Novo in Dalmatia’, upper centre
    Collectors mark for Sir Bruce Ingram (L.1405a) on backing sheet.
    Drawn late 1670s

Collections

  • Francis Place, by descent to;
  • Patrick Allan Fraser (1812-1890);
  • And by descent to Fraser sale, Sotheby’s 10 June 1931;
  • Sir Bruce Ingram (L. 1405a);
  • Ingram sale, Sotheby's, 21 October 1964, lot 110;
  • Private collection to 2018

This is a view of Herceg Novi in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. Place's inscriptions are in Italian, as this region was then part of Venetian Albania, territories along the Adriatic coast that had been taken from Ottoman control. 

Place sketched widely within England and Ireland, but his overseas travels are little known. Richard Tyler wrote of a 1677 sketch of Le Havre as being 'the most specific of the meagre records of his travels abroad.'[1] The current sheet, therefore, represents valuable evidence that Place visited northern Italy, feasibly in the late 1670s.

References

  1. Richard Tyler, Francis Place 1648-1728, York, 1971, p.49 no.16.