Sold for £2,200
JOHN KEPPIE RSA FRIBA JP (SCOTTISH 1862 - 1945),
MOSQUE, KAIT BEY, CAIRO
watercolour on paper, signed and titled, further signed and titled labels verso
image size 50cm x 33cm, overall size 73cm x 56cm
Framed and under glass.
Handwritten artist's label verso with an address of 257 West George Street, Glasgow.
Label verso: Scottish Artists' Benevolent Association, 1915 - presented by John Keppie in aid of a special fund raised by the Association for the relief of artists owing to the war, March 1915.
Note: Born Glasgow, studied at Glasgow University and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Partner of the firm of Honeyman and Keppie. A design by one of his junior staff, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, famously won the contract to build the Glasgow School of Art. Among the many buildings designed by him (Keppie) are those of the Glasgow Herald Mitchell Street buildings and those of the Daily Record. His watercolours are particularly effective and show the influence of Arthur Melville and Keppie was a prolific exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy. Maurice Greiffenhagen's celebrated portrait of John Keppie was lost in the fire in The Mackintosh Building of Glasgow School of Art on 23th May 2014. Keppie's watercolours rarely appear at auction and when they do, few if any in recent years have matched the fine condition of "Mosque, Kait Bey, Cairo".