Ruined Cottages, Pevensey Bay

This watercolour and gouache study was painted by Victorian artist Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1821-1906) in 1898. Painted with fluid, stylised brushstrokes, the work depicts white ruined cottages at Pevensey Bay, near Eastbourne in East Sussex. The vibrantly pigmented blue-wash sky is contrasted with two red brick chimneys or towers, while the foreground appears as an abstract landscape. Inscribed and dated to the verso. The sheet is mounted and framed.

Brabazon was born in Paris but moved to East Sussex in 1832, before attending Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied mathematics. After inheriting family estates from his elder brother, Brabazon was able to lead a life of travel, art study and painting, inspired by the works of artists such as Turner. He viewed himself as a gentleman amateur painter, so did not show or sell his work until his mid-seventies.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
watercolour and gouache on paper
Common Name
Ruined Cottages, Pevensey Bay
Simple Name
Inscription Transcription
Ruined Cottages - Coast Guard, Pevensey Bay 1898
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Town
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Date
Production Person Initials
Hercules Brabazon
Production Person Surname
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Ruined Cottages - Coast Guard, Pevensey Bay