Oil on canvas, 49.5 x 75.6cm. Signed l.r. on a buoy: A.W/Fowles/1867 and inscribed and dated on the reverse: ‘Hyacinth. Yacht off Ryde, The Rt. Hon. The Marquess of Exeter. Vice Commodore of the R V Y C Ryde. A W Fowles. 1867’.
‘Hyacinth’ was one of several yachts owned, and raced each year off the Isle of Wight, by William Alleyne, 3rd Marquess of Exeter (1825-1895).
The artist trained initially as a plumber, but he had a natural talent for drawing and eventually, and entirely self taught, he became an accomplished and much sought after marine artist.