Severn, Walter (1830-1904; English)
Boscastle Harbour
Watercolour, c.55.88 x 129.54 cm
Presented by the artist, 1885
Unidentified; present location unknown

The artist, known for his topographical watercolours, was the son of Joseph Severn (1793-1879), a portrait painter who was also a friend of the poet Keats.

Another large watercolour by Severn is in the AGNSW (donated in 1899): see comparative reproduction below. However, the work formerly in Melbourne cannot be traced.

[comparative work: Cowden Knowes 1896 (AGNSW)]


AR 1885, p.36; NGV 1894, p.46 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.19): size given as 22 x 51 inches); NGV 1905, p. 43 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.20) 

For Severn, see Mallalieu (1976), p.234,, (with biographical details and further references); Bénézit 12, p.601 (listing the present work); and (with reproductions of other examples of his work). See also (including the work reproduced above, a gift from  Miss Eadith Walker in 1899; the size is given as 64 x 101 cm [sight])