‘The Burning of the Spa, Scarborough’ by the Belgian artist Alphonse Neumans (1853 to 1893) depicts the razing to the ground of the Scarborough Spa when it was consumed by fire on September 8 1876. Scarborough Spa was officially opened in 1858 after the discovery of the health-giving waters on the coast, and drew vast numbers of visitors to the town.
There is a note on the back of the painting that indicates that it was actually painted at the scene and so constitutes an important eye-witness account of the event that must have shaken the Victorian town to its core.
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 29.0 x 60.0 cm/11.4 x 23.6 ins
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated 1876 lower left, inscribed by the artist to an old paper label verso
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas