Sunday, November 7, 2010

Object of the Day: An Antique English Landscape

This vivid landscape painting was brought to Texas as part of a lot of English art which had been purchased abroad. I was immediately drawn to its enchanting colors and fluid style. Though unsigned, we can date the painting by the materials that were used. Once again, the scene has been painted on a thin, planed, wooden board. The patina and spotting on the reverse of the board indicate that this dates to the mid-to-late Nineteenth Century. When framed, the pieces was originally backed in black paper which shows signs of having had a label on it. Unfortunately, sometime in the course of its existence, the paper has been deliberately torn away. So, we’ll really never know its exact origins.

Another outstanding feature of this piece is the frame. Elaborately carved, the frame features a natural motif of oak leaves and acorns. This theme was popular in Britain during the middle of Victoria’s reign. In fact, this style was favored by Prince Albert himself, who, no doubt, helped increase the popularity of the English Oak Leaf pattern.

I always enjoy seeing interpretations of the world through the eyes of those who lived in other eras. This artist has a very distinct point of view. Thankfully, that viewpoint lives on.

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