Henri Harpignies, 'The Fisherman'

Henri Harpignies, 'The Fisherman'

Henri Harpignies (1819-1916)
'The Fisherman'
1886
Watercolour
Museum no. CAI 115
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

Harpignies was regarded by many contemporaries as France's finest watercolourist. He was in business until the age of 27, but then turned late to art and continued to work until the end of his life. Ionides acquired this watercolour in 1896, at a time when he had all but given up buying paintings and drawings in favour of ceramics and decorative art.