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SIGNED AND INDISTINCTLY INSCRIBED WITH TITLE
WATERCOLOUR SKETCH OF LANDSCAPE ON REVERSE
WATERCOLOUR AND BODYCOLOUR
11 X 15 1/4 INCHES
PROVENANCE: THE ARTIST'S FAMILY
EXHIBITED: 'CECIL ARTHUR HUNT VPRWS RBA', OCTOBER 1996, NO 69;
'CHRIS BEETLES SUMMER SHOW', 2011, NO 249
Hunt exhibited works of the same title in 1926 in the RWS Spring (no 37) and Summer (no 84) exhibitions.
Cecil Hunt visited Castrogiovanni in 1925 and then again a year later, travelling to Rome by train and then by car to stay at R H Kitson's villa in Taormina (sketchbooks 16 and 20).
In 1925 he wrote
'Oct 17 Sunday. Lunch Canicatti -– slept Girgenti [Agrigento] – Hotel Gellia. Took a disused road by mistake – incredibly bad -– very fine day to Motoud [?] & temples [Valley of the Temples, S Agrigento], sketched & walked back over an hours walk. Mauve sunset. Hotel bedroom full of mosquitos – killed 9 during night – decent hotel
18. Lunched Caltanisetta – fine big place – Reached Castrogiovanni about 4. Magnificent scenery all the way. CG a wonderful hill town. Hotel Belvedere good & good view.'