Welcome Refreshment - 19th Century Oil Painting of Georgian Gentlemen

This is a large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting an 18th century gentleman in the village stocks being handed some ‘Welcome Refreshment’ from the local pub landlord by the distinguished Victorian painter John Dawson Watson (1832-1892). The painting is signed and dated 1891. It is sold in a good quality mid-20th century giltwood frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

John Dawson Watson studied at the Manchester School of Art 1847 before entering the Royal Academy Schools in London in 1851, where his early work was heavily influenced by the emergence of the Pre Raphaelites. By 1859 he had found an important mentor in Ford Madox Brown who invited Dawson Watson to hold an exhibition of his paintings at his home.

From 1853 he exhibited more than 370 works in various London exhibitions including the Royal Academy, the British Institution, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Grosvenor Gallery, and the Society of Painters in Watercolour where he was elected a full member. In 1870 he joined contemporaries Frank Holl and Luke Fildes as one of the first illustrators at the Graphic magazine. Today, paintings by John Dawson Watson are held in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Dimensions: (framed) 94cm x 69cm (37” x 27”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 76cm x 51cm (30” x 20”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private collection.
Presentation: 20th century giltwood frame.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

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