William COLLINGWOOD-SMITH R.W.S.
British 1815 – 1887
Gothic Cathedral interior, with figures.
Signed & dated 1868 (middle right) 16 x 12" matted, glazed, ogee natural wood frame 27 ½ x 21”
443 Ref. 129 JR1 /RLN/ v.andl >GVL PRICE CODE C
Depicted is a gothic church interior, possibly in Normandy, France. Natural light floods into a background side chapel, illuminating the stained glass windows (one of which is curtained) and the ancient carved masonry. In the foreground a richly embroidered vestmented priest descends a step from a side chapel to time worn flag stones (some with partial inscription). A massive gilt framed painting hangs upon the wall to his front, whilst in the shadowed middle ground two priests give oration as two women pray. A lit candelabrum casts a glow on the adjacent wall. This is a very handsome tranquil watercolour, beautifully rendered, by a master hand.