Dr. Walter Balls-Headley (1841-1918), British/Australian
VIEWS OF JERSEY, ENGLAND INCLUDING SUCH LANDSCAPES AS: ELIZABETH CASTLE; PORTELET BAY (SEVERAL FROM VARIOUS POINTS); BOULEY BAY; JERSEY LANE; COAST SCENE; GREVE DE LECQ; ST. BRELADE’S BAY; THE COUPEE SARK; AND OTHERS
Album containing 18 watercolours mounted (some detached) to pages of a Victorian hardcover album, each signed with initials “R.H.B.”, each titled and variously dated in the summer months of 1867 in pen and ink to the mounted sheets, inscribed in pencil to the inside front forward page: “Dr. Balls Headleys Work”
Overall 9" x 12" — 22.9 x 30.5 cm.; 8" x 10.5" — 20.3 x 26.7 cm.; 10" x 8" — 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
The British born artist was a 19th century gynecologist and author of two medical books: “Tumours: Their Characteristic Distinctions and Diagnosis” (Melbourne, 1876) and “The Evolution of the Diseases of Women (London, 1894)”. In 1886 while as a traveling doctor in Palestine and Syria, he developed tuberculosis. His health improved after his sojourn in the Channel islands in 1866 where he painted these views in 1867 prior to his move to Melbourne, Australia.
In 1913 the Doctor moved to British Columbia, Canada where he died at Miramichi.
Colin Macdonald, 'Balls-Headley, Walter (1841 - 1918)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 3, Melbourne University Press, 1969, pp 83-84.
Acquired in Queenstown, Australia
Department: International Art