The Bay of Navarino
inscribed ‘Location of the Ancient Pylos in Greece’ verso
watercolour over pencil
18.5 x 24.8 cm (7 ¼ x 9 ¾ in)
The Old Watercolour Society, 1817, no. 255, R543
John 'Warwick' Smith (1749-1831) was born near Carlisle, the son of the Gilpin family's gardener. This connection led him to study with Sawrey Gilpin, the renowned animal painter. Like so many of his, and the following, generation he attracted attention as a skilful topographical draughtsman and engraver and secured thus the patronage of George Greville, Earl of Warwick.