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A Second Thought Image
A Second Thought
Artist:William Arthur Breakspeare 1955-1914
£3950
Miles from Home Image
Miles from Home
Artist:Alfred Dixon 1842-1919
£5950
The Girl in Green Image
The Girl in Green
Artist:Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA 1849-1914
£4950
A Break in Play Image
A Break in Play
Artist:Harry Brooker 1849-1940
£6950
Genre Scenes
A Second Thought
£3950
A Second Thought Image

This is a fine 19th century portrait oil on canvas of a young woman in a bonnet by the eminent Victorian painter William Arthur Breakspeare (1855-1914). The painting is signed by the artist and typical of the artist’s finest work.

 

Regarded as a founder member of the Newlyn School and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, William Breakspeare exhibited 34 paintings at the RBSA between 1874 and 1899. Breakspeare became famous for his period genre scenes and unmistakable portraits of beautiful young women.

 

William Breakspeare exhibited 21 works at the Royal Academy between 1891 and 1914, and many others with the Royal Society of British Artists and the Grosvenor Gallery in London.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 68cm x 52cm (26¾” x 20½”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 57cm x 41cm (22½” x 16”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: Louis XV style giltwood swept frame.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artist:William Arthur Breakspeare 1955-1914
Miles from Home
£5950
Miles from Home Image

This is a superb 19th century Royal Academy painting depicting a lost child waiting in a Victorian police station by the eminent British artist Alfred Dixon 1842-1919. The painting is signed by the artist, and features Dixon’s own son Charles Edward Dixon in an actual incident when the little boy had become lost and was picked up by the police. This important work was arguably Dixon’s masterpiece and became a star attraction at the 1876 Royal Academy summer exhibition.

The London Morning Post’s review had this to say…
“The smallest figure upon this canvas is by far the most important personage of the scene. There is something exceedingly tragi-comic in the disconsolate woebegone air and manner of this tiny wanderer as, with head slightly drooping on one side, he looks furtively from under his little hat at the gigantic policeman who has ‘run him in’. This is a clever and original work, full of drollery not unrelieved with a touch of homely pathos, so that one hardly knows whether to bestow tears or laughter on the Lilliputian wayfarer who is miles away from home. Why so good a picture should have been placed above rather than upon the line is a mystery past finding out by any one not in the confidence of the Hanging Committee.”

Between 1864 and 1891 Alfred Dixon exhibited 18 paintings at the Royal Academy, and a further 18 with the Royal Society of British Artists at the Suffolk Street Gallery in London. A much smaller and less important near study for the painting being offered here sold at Christie’s in London in 200 for almost $10,000.

Dimensions: (framed) 118cm x 78cm (46½” x 30¾”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 101cm x 62cm (39¾” x 24½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Fine 19th century swept giltwood frame.
Condition: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artist:Alfred Dixon 1842-1919
The Girl in Green
£4950
The Girl in Green Image

This is a fine 19th century oil painting of a young woman in late mediaeval costume ascending the steps of large stone building carrying a ewer by the eminent Victorian painter Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA (1849-1914). This superb example of Herkomer’s figural work is signed by the artist and dated 1876.

Herkomer was born in Bavaria but settled in England in 1857 where he underwent his artistic training at the South Kensington Schools and would earn a reputation as one of the most versatile and gifted European artists of the day.

In 1883 Herkomer founded one of Europe’s most important art schools near his palatial home in North London. After becoming a full Royal Academician in 1890, the artist was ennobled by King Otto of Bavaria allowing him to add the honorific ‘von’ to his name. Sir Hubert von Herkomer exhibited 210 paintings at the Royal Academy in London between 1869 and 1914. He was knighted by King Edward VII 1908. Four works by Herkomer hangs in the Tate gallery in London.

Dimensions: (framed) 90cm x 70cm (35½” x 27½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 59cm x 39cm (23¼” x 15½”)
Medium: Oil on panel.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Superb 19th century carved bolection frame.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artist:Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA 1849-1914
A Break in Play
£6950
A Break in Play Image

This is a very fine large 19th century oil on canvas depicting a young brother and sister who have taken ‘A Break in Play’ to watch their mother prepare a mid-morning snack, by the eminent Victorian artist Harry Brooker (1849-1940). This beautifully executed, detailed work is signed by the artist and dated 1884. It is presented in its magnificent original 19th century pierced and swept gilt frame.

A very popular and successful genre scene painter, Brooker was a master of the utterly charming domestic scene, almost always featuring children at play. Between 1876 and 1908 Harry Brooker exhibited at the Royal Academy, and at the Suffolk Street Gallery of the Royal Society of British Artists in London.

Like many British genre painters of the period Brooker was influenced by the Dutch Golden Age artists such as Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684) and Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) but few had his technical skill and eye for detail. For more information on the artist clients may wish to visit harrybrooker.org.uk – a website dedicated to this most gifted of late 19th century English genre scene painters.

Dimensions: (framed) 90cm x 80cm (35½” x 31½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 62cm x 57cm (24½” x 22½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Very fine original 19th century pierced and swept gilt frame.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artist:Harry Brooker 1849-1940
Genre Scenes
A Second Thought Image
A Second Thought
This is a fine 19th century portrait oil on canvas of a young woman in a bonnet by the eminent Victorian painter William Arthur Breakspeare (1855-1914). The painting is signed by the artist and typical of the ... Read More
Artist:William Arthur Breakspeare 1955-1914
£3950
Miles from Home Image
Miles from Home
This is a superb 19th century Royal Academy painting depicting a lost child waiting in a Victorian police station by the eminent British artist Alfred Dixon 1842-1919. The painting is signed by the artist, and features Dixon’s own son ... Read More
Artist:Alfred Dixon 1842-1919
£5950
The Girl in Green Image
The Girl in Green
This is a fine 19th century oil painting of a young woman in late mediaeval costume ascending the steps of large stone building carrying a ewer by the eminent Victorian painter Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA (1849-1914). This superb example ... Read More
Artist:Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA 1849-1914
£4950
A Break in Play Image
A Break in Play
This is a very fine large 19th century oil on canvas depicting a young brother and sister who have taken ‘A Break in Play’ to watch their mother prepare a mid-morning snack, by the eminent Victorian artist Harry Brooker (1849-1940). ... Read More
Artist:Harry Brooker 1849-1940
£6950