This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas of two young ladies in fine clothing in conversation in the rose garden at one of England’s most famous stately homes Haddon Hall. This important quality painting is the only known collaboration between two of Britain’s most eminent 19th century painters, Robert Gallon (1845-1925) and Henry John Yeend King RBA, VPRI, ROI (1855-1924). The painting is signed and dated 1884. The landscape would have been painted first by Gallon and completed by Yeend King who would have then added the figures.
Henry John Yeend King was married to the sister of Robert Gallon’s wife and the two men were firm friends. Gallon was one of Britain’s finest Victorian Realist landscape artists whilst Yeend King was one of the period’s most successful painters of genre scene, frequently featuring beautiful girls.
Between 1868 to 1903, Robert Gallon exhibited 32 works at The Royal Academy, and 27 at the British Institution. Yeend King exhibited 94 paintings at the Royal Academy, 115 works at the Royal Society of British Artists, and 38 at the British Institution. He also exhibited in competition throughout Europe and the United States, winning medals in Paris, Berlin and Chicago. Today paintings by Yeend King hang in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Walker Gallery in Liverpool.
Dimensions: (framed) 136cm x 95cm (53½” x 37½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 102cm x 61cm (40” x 24”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Fine private UK collection.
Presentation: Original fine 19th century gilt frame.