This is a fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting young well-to-do children being dressed for a party by a governess and wearisome maid Horsley by the eminent Victorian artist John Callcott Horsley RA (1817-1903). The painting is a smaller version of a larger work by Horsley exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1866, and would have been commissioned for a wealthy private client.
John Callcott Horsley was mentored by his relative Sir Augustus Wall Callcott and William Mulready who sent him to study at Dr Henry Sass’s academy where he met Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Powell Frith. After attending the Royal Academy schools, Horsley had his first painting exhibited at the RA in 1836.
In 1861 Horsley moved to the village of Cranbrook in Kent where he would help establish the famous Cranbrook Colony of important 19th century artists alongside Thomas Webster and Frederick Daniel Hardy. Like them Horsley’s paintings were largely of historical genre subjects set in the era of the Dutch Masters Pieter de Hooch and Johannes Vermeer, by whom Callcott’s work is clearly influenced. In 1864 he was elected a full Royal Academician.
Dimensions: (framed) 59cm x 44cm (23¼” x 17½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 51cm x 36cm (20” x 14”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: 20th century Chippendale style gilt frame.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.