Myles Birket Foster, RWS (British, 1825–1899)

Sunset study with a mackerel sky

Myles Birket Foster, RWS

Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour on thick cream paper

12.8 x 17.7 cm; 5 ⅛ x 7 inches

Provenance: Frances Foster, the artist’s second wife.

This delightful sketch is unusually spontaneous for the artist and shows the influence of John Ruskin. Huge skies are a frequent component of Birket Foster’s more finished watercolours.