James Sargant Storer (1771–1853)
Trinity College Gateway from The Backs, Cambridge, c1820
19×13.5cm (7.4×5.3 inches) unframed
This is the original watercolour for an engraving published as The Avenue by James & Henry Storer c.1820 in Delineations of Trinity College. The exquisitely detailed watercolour showing academical figures standing on Trinity Bridge as viewed from the backs is framed in its original nineteenth century gilt slip behind nineteenth century glass. Provenance: by decent from the artist.
Storer was a topographer with an interest in ancient architecture, making drawings and engraving the plates himself. From 1814 he worked in conjunction with his eldest son, Henry, who predeceased him in 1837. They were buried next to each other at St James’s Chapel in Pentonville, now Joseph Grimaldi Park (named after the clown, Grimaldi who was buried there in 1837 and whose railed grave remains to this day).
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