Outward Bound, 1852
ink, pencil and wash
signed and dated lower left, inscribed with title lower centre.
115.0 x 7.5 cm
$2,400.00 including GST
Verso: Framer’s stamps verso (framer at The Broadway, Streatham) Inscribed on reverse “H.M. Blackall” (possibly the first owner)
Comments: A small but delightful emigration painting of a lad reading a poster. The date suggests that his intentions may allude to the Australian gold rushes. However, a lithograph based on this image and published in 1856 includes a poster which refers to New York. Erskine Nicol was a Scottish housepainter turned artist. He lived in Dublin for a time and painted scenes of Irish life which were often comic. His oil painting The Emigrants' is in the Tate Gallery, London.