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Drive to Wakwella

36.2 x 19 cm
Watercolor and ink
Signed and inscribed, 1890

Charles Fripp

Charles Edwin Fripp, RWS (1854-1906) was an English painter and illustrator, achieving special fame as a war artist. He had a rich artistic heritage: the son of George Arthur Fripp, a well known landscape artist, grandson of Captain Nicholas Pocock, a marine artist, and brother of Thomas W. Fripp, a watercolorist. He studied art both at Nürnberg and at the Royal Academy in Munich and was a member of the Royal Watercolour Society. After working as a cartoonist for a newspaper, he worked as a special artist covering various wars in South Africa including the Kaffir War of 1878, the Zulu War, and the Boer War. He traveled extensively and covered conflicts in Sudan, the Philippines and China. His travels also took him to the American West where he illustrated the plight of the Indians and the life of the cowboy. Charles Fripp visited Ceylon in 1890.