Winchester from Morestead Downs

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Canada
    City: Ottawa
    Place: British High Commission

    This distant view of Winchester, taken from Morstead Down, shows sheep grazing in the foreground while the full expanse of the city is seen in the distance.

    In 2000 a second watercolour, taken from the same spot by Prosser and dated 1863, was sold through Phillips auctioneers in Oxford. The 1863 watercolour is titled 'Winton from Morestead Down'; Winton being an archaic name for the city of Winchester.

  • About the artist
    George Frederick Prosser painted numerous views of the area in and around Winchester, in Hampshire (between 1840 and 1876), and the area around Eton and Windsor, in Berkshire (between 1863 and 1877). He also produced watercolour views of Guildford in Surrey and Maidenhead in Berkshire. In addition, architectural drawings by Prosser are held at Guildford Library. Prosser’s drawings and accompanying texts were published as ‘Select Illustrations of the County of Surrey’ (1828), ‘Select Illustrations of Hampshire: Comprising Picturesque Views of the Seats of the Nobility & Gentry, Lodge Entrances & c.’ (1833), ‘Scenic and Antiquarian Features… of Guildford’ (1840) and ‘The Antiquaries of Hampshire’ (1842).
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  • Details
    Title
    Winchester from Morestead Downs
    Date
    1860
    Medium
    Watercolour drawing
    Dimensions
    height: 45.50 cm, width: 77.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Frank T Sabin, February 1955
    Inscription
    Ins&Sdbl
    GAC number
    3162