A Quiet Nook
‘A Quiet Nook’ by Arthur James Stark (1831-1902).
The painting – which depicts a moorcock wading in the shallows of a stream in an English woodland landscape – is signed by the artist and was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1857. It was hung with the following line from ‘A Pastoral Ode’ by the poet, William Shenstone; “Where coots in rushy dingles hide and moorcocks shun the day”.
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Arthur James Stark was the son James Stark (1894-1859), a leading member of the Norwich School of English landscape painters. In addition to the early teachings of his father, by the age of eight A.J. Stark was studying figure drawing with the animal painter Edmund Bristow (1787-1876) and in 1849, entered the Royal Academy Schools.
Between 1848 and 1887 Stark exhibited 36 pictures at the Royal Academy, 33 at the British Institution, 51 at the Society of British Artists, and another sixty at other major venues.
Dimensions: (framed) 63cm x 81cm (24¾” x 32”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 46cm x 65cm (18” x 25½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: 1857; exhibited at the Royal Academy in London (cat no. 214). Thence in private UK collection.
Presentation: Fine quality gold leaf frame.
Condition: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.