This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a young girl and her grandmother dressed in their Sunday Best sitting on a bench beside a sleeping tradesman by the eminent Victorian artist Lance Calkin ROI (1856-1936). ‘The Day of Rest’ is signed to the front and verso by the artist, and in 1882 was the very first work by Calkin to be exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.


As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell, this important Royal Academy painting is offered framed and in excellent condition.


The son of the composer George Calkin, Lance Calkin trained at the Slade School of Fine Art and at the Royal Academy Schools. Between 1881 and 1926 Calkin exhibited 30 oils at the Royal Academy, and 14 with the Royal Society of British Artists. In addition to his exceptionally popular genre scenes, Lance Calkin was in great demand as a portraitist and was commissioned by Buckingham Palace to paint portraits of both King Edward VII and King George V.


Oil paintings by Lance Calkin have of course sold at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonham’s in London.


Dimensions: (framed) 108cm x 87cm (42½” x ”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 92cm x 72cm (36¼” x 28¼”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: Good quality 20th century Louis XV style giltwood swept frame.

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

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