Fine watercolour by Alma Burlton Cull of an evening sea in the Indian Ocean


Alma Claude Burlton Cull (1880-1931)

'Evening, Indian Ocean'

watercolour, inscribed in pencil to verso, signed and dated 1924
Contained in a bespoke gilt and gesso frame

Overall size including frame: 63 x 92.2 cm (24 3/4 x 36 1/4 inches)

During the 1920s Cull painted a series of watercolours of British naval ships in the Far East which he exhibited at the Alpine Club Gallery. He probably painted this watercolour from the deck of a liner on its passage eastward.


Alma Claude Burlton Cull (1880-1931)
A contemporary of W.L. Wyllie, indeed they died in the same year. Many of Cull's surviving works were destroyed during an air-raid in 1940, and as a result his work is much rarer than those of the prolific Wyllie.

A maritime flavour pervaded much of Cull's work and he was considered by many to be on a level with Wyllie, his handling of seas and skies being particularly well-regarded. He exhibited between the years 1906 and 1927, mainly at the Alpine Club Gallery, but also at the Royal Academy and elsewhere. King Edward VII was one of many prominent people to commission paintings by him.

Towards the end of his life he lived on the seafront at 'The Moorings', Marine Parade West, Lee-on-the-Solent.

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