Dec 15, 2022 - Sale 2625

Sale 2625 - Lot 18

Price Realized: $ 312
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600


Photographer on the beach.

Likely one of a series of country and seaside scenes which Brown executed in the 1860s. Watercolor and wash on paper mounted to board. 172x240 mm; 6 3/4x9 1/2 inches, sheet. Signed "Phiz" in pencil, lower left image. Cornered to matte.

H.K. Brown, known by his pseudonym "Phiz," was most famous for his illustrations of Dickens novels, but also contributed to newspapers and magazines of the mid-nineteenth century. In 1869 he published a book of images titled Sketches of the Seaside and Country, containing pictures similar to this amusing scene featuring a photographer battling the uneven terrain of sand and wind, attempting to photograph a family with a cumbersome glass plate camera.