Francis Hopkinson Smith
The Garden Courtyard at the Inn of William the Conqueror
Signed F. Hopkinson Smith (ll)
Charcoal and goauche on paper laid down to board
17 3/4 x 24 1/4 inches
Vance Jordan Fine Art, New York, until 2004
Smith was a prodigious watercolorist, an inveterate traveler, as well as a novelist. On his travels, among the locales that captured his imagination most was the Hostellerie Guillaume le Conquerant, a quaint and historic inn in the Normandy town of Dives-sur-Mer, the place from which William the Conqueror and his knights set sail for England in 1066. Smith described the site in his 1912 novel, The Arm-Chair at the Inn, noting its "flower-choked yard flanked about on three sides by a chain of moss-encrusted, red-tiled, seesaw roofs, all out of plumb." Combining opaque strokes and translucent washes, Smith captured the charm of this setting in this work, while demonstrating his consummate control of his medium.
C The Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art
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