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Dr William Crotch (1775-1847)

Biography of watercolourist and etcher Dr William Crotch (1775-1847)

Dr William Crotch (1775-1847) was born in Norwich in 1775. Croch was a musical prodigy, performing at the age of four in London on the organ and piano, and by the age of 11 was at Cambridge studying music and became Professor of Music in 1797.

Crotch moved to London around 1810 and became the first Principal of The Royal Academy of Music. At the same time, Crotch was a talented amateur watercolour painter and etcher. His work is characterised by the under-painting of dark grey with light washes of limited colour on top. Many of these drawings were done at Windsor and Budleigh Salterton and Brighton while on holiday.

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Lot FS30/366

Lot FS30/366: William Crotch [1775 Norwich-1847 Taunton] - Cattle and A Donkey Grazing in Parkland

William Crotch [1775 Norwich-1847 Taunton] - Cattle and a donkey grazing in parkland - inscribed in pencil on the reverse 'Clare Hall', said to be Mrs Sharpe's House, with the names of the cattle! and dated October 4th 1809 watercolour and pencil drawing 30 x 41cm, unframed.

Estimate: £150 - £250
Realised: £160