Gavin Claxton


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‘The Banishment of Cordelia’ by Robert Alexander Hillingford (1825-1904).

The painting – which depicts the famous opening scene from ‘King Lear’ by William Shakespeare – is signed by the artist and presented in a fine quality gold metal leaf frame. In Shakespeare’s tragedy, the King foolishly banishes his sincere and loving daughter Cordelia and hands over his kingdom to her sisters, the scheming Goneril and Regan.

All of our paintings are offered in the finest condition they can be for their age having been newly professionally cleaned, conserved, and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Robert Alexander Hillingford was a highly successful Victorian painter of historical and literary scenes who became most famous for his portrayals of the Napoleonic Wars. Between 1864 and 1902 Hillingford exhibited 29 works at the Royal Academy, and numerous others the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists in London.

Further Reading: ‘The Hillingford Chronicles’, a detailed account of the life and work of the artist, is now available via the News & Articles page of the Academy Fine Paintings website.

Dimensions: (framed) 62cm x 85cm (24½” x 33½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 43cm x 67cm (17½” x 26½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.


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