This is a very large and extremely fine 19th century watercolour painting depicting a large group of country folk playing a game of ‘Hunt the Slipper’ in woodland near a small town by the eminent Royal Academy artist Frederick Goodall RA (1822-1904). This huge masterpiece watercolour is signed and dated 1848, and was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1849. The original – being sold here – proved so popular that Goodall subsequently painted several smaller copies in both watercolour and oils, one of which hangs in the collection of Sheffield Museum. For the avoidance of doubt; the painting being sold here is the original exhibition watercolour, not one of the artist’s later versions.
As with all of the original antique paintings we sell the painting is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned and rehung in a quality bespoke Louis XV frame behind anti-reflection, conservation grade UV protection Museum Glass®.
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Frederick Goodall first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1838 aged just 16, and by the mid-1840’s he had become one of the most critically acclaimed and financially successful painters in Britain. In all Goodall exhibited 127 works at the Royal Academy, 33 at the British Institution, and many others at all of the principle exhibition venues of the 19th century London art world. Goodall was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1852, and a full Royal Academician in 1863.
‘Hunt the Slipper’ was a popular Georgian and Victorian parlour game made famous in Oliver Goldsmith’s novel ‘The Vicar of Wakefield’.
Dimensions: (framed) 130cm x 99cm (51” x 39”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 110cm x 80cm (43¼” x 31½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private North American collection.
Presentation: New Louis XV style swept frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally rehung and framed. Ready to hang.