A Day at the Beach - 19th Century French Landscape Oil Painting


‘A Day at the Beach’ by John Lewis Brown (1829-1890). The painting is signed by the artist and dated 1872.


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


Of Scottish decent, John Lewis Brown was born in Bordeaux but moved to Paris aged 12 where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts with Camille Roqueplan (1802-1855) and at the École Gratuite de Dessin under Jean-Hillaire Belloc (1786-1866). Most famous as an equine painter, Brown’s early work reflects his neoclassical training, and also the influence of the great English romantic painter Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-1828) as well as Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891). He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1847.


With the immergence of Impressionism in the 1880s his style became freer. A very gregarious man, Brown was a close friend of Edgar Degas, Eduard Manet and James Whistler and his famous exuberance was memorably depicted in two terrific paintings by Giovanni Boldini and James Tissot. In 1870 John Lewis Brown was made a Knight of the Légion d\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’Honneur and later won a gold medal in the Universal Exhibition in Paris.


Paintings by John Lewis Brown can be found in the collections of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’Orsay and Musée du Luxembourg in Paris, the National Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.


Dimensions: (framed) 69cm x 86cm (27” x 33¾”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 49cm x 65cm (19¼” x 25½”)

Medium: Oil on mahogany panel.

Provenance: Beaussant-Lefevre, Paris, 2005. Thence in private UK collection.

Presentation: Good quality gold metal leaf frame.

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



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