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Alexander Runciman

1736 – 1785

The Annunciation by Alexander Runciman

The Annunciation  

  Original watercolour drawing, thought to be based on a design by Verdier.
Signed by Alexander Runciman in ink.
S & I 357 x 257 mm
Unique original watercolour drawing by Alexander Runciman. This grey wash over pen and ink and pencil drawing with white highlighting is one of the most elaborate drawings by Alexander Runciman to have appeared on the market in many years. Signed in ink “A. Runciman Fect.” and inscribed by Runciman “verdier”, this elaborate classical image of The Annunciation is thought to be based upon a design by François Verdier (1651-1730).

Original watercolour drawings by the important Scottish artist Alexander Runciman are exceptionally rare.

Provenance: Collection of Viscount Runciman, by descent from the artist.

Exhibited: The Scottish Fine Arts and Print Club Loan Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh, 1937; with the lender’s label of Viscount Runciman, Isle of Eigg, Inverness-shire.
and at D. Croal Thompson’s, Barbizon House, 9 Henrietta St., Cavendish Square, London.

The drawing is presented apparently as prepared by the artist, laid on an antique sheet of paper with traces of blue-grey paper framing borders. The drawing is in very good original condition and is presented in its original frame with exhibition labels verso.