19th Century

Landseer Spotted in St James's Palace

October 22 2021

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Picture: The Royal Family via. Facebook

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has been in touch regarding a photograph of HRH The Price of Wales (pictured above). It was published yesterday as part of an awards ceremony for the Prince's Trust. However, it seems that it is the painting by Sir Edwin Landseer that has attracted all the attention online.

A reader writes:

I am not the only art history geek who was struck by the lively painting seen prominently behind HRH Prince Charles in this news-photo yesterday. A tantalising glimpse of paintings on display in the secret chambers of St James’s Palace, that are not credited by location on the excellent and exemplary Royal Collections website, unlike for other royal residences and loans, including Brighton Pavilion.


Do let me know if you ever come across any interesting paintings found in the back of otherwise unexciting press photographs.

I must admit, I became rather fixated on find out the origins of a painting found hanging in a press photograph of the Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg a few years ago. It shows a version of William Dobson's portrait of Charles II in armour kept at Windsor Castle. Early copies of Dobson's portraits are extremely rare, generally speaking. I wonder if anything is known about this example.

Update - Two readers have kindly been in touch with information that the aforementioned Conservative MP is in fact married to the daughter of the heir of the Wentworth Fitzwilliam paintings collection, which may explain the appearance of this painting. Most intriguing!

Julien Dupré Online Catalogue Raisonné

October 13 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Rehs Gallery in New York have published an online Catalogue Raisonné for the artist Julien Dupré (1851-1910). Dupré grew up in Paris and contributed many pictures to the Paris Salon from 1876 onwards.

Explaining more about the history of the project:

During the project's early years, Mr. Howard Rehs [The gallery's owner] received encouragement from Dr. Gabriel P. Weisberg and Yvonne Weisberg, who kindly shared their earlier research on the artist, and recommended several research assistants, including Fleur Levitz and Lynsi Spaulding in the U.S. and Stéphanie Peyrissac in France. Mr. Rehs also met Jérémie Jouan, a descendent of the artist who has generously shared his own research into Dupré's extended family history. As the catalogue raisonné began to take shape, the Weisbergs again played a crucial role in introducing Mr. Rehs to art historian Janet Whitmore, Ph.D., who joined the project full time in 2015.

As AHN welcomes the news of such research, no matter how well-known or obscure the artist, this will earn the Rehs Gallery a place in the highly coveted 'Heroes of Art History' section of this blog.

Lost Chopin Portrait Reappears in Poland (?)

October 12 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has been in touch with this rather curious story from Poland. A rediscovered portrait of the composer Frederic Chopin has turned up after being purchased at an antique market near Lublin. Although the canvas was in awful condition (see left), traces of a signature have been found on it. The current owners are trying to prove the work was made during the composer's life time, rather than a later copy of this well known image.

According to the article:

The painting has now been taken out of its vault to be viewed by Bożena Schmid-Adamczyk, curator of the Fryderyk Chopin and George Sand Museum on Majorca, who is in Warsaw for the International Chopin Competition taking place in Warsaw this month.

Constable's 'Nip and Tuck' Revealed

September 24 2021

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Picture: The Guardian

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Guardian published an interesting story last weekend regarding the recent conservation and research of a reidentified portrait by John Constable. Scholars Anne Lyles and Sarah Cove have unravelled the interesting changes the artist made on the portrait of his neighbour Emily Treslove. This included changing the sitter's facial features after it was considered there was 'scarcely any resemblance'.

Conservator Sarah Cove is quoted:

“The face is very well painted. I discovered during the technical examination that it has actually been partially repainted. Her cheeks and nose have been made slimmer and it looks as if he’s slightly painted out a double chin. Also, the hairstyle has been changed. Perhaps she thought that she looked a bit porky when it was done first time round. I just think that’s hilarious.”

Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans Renovate XIXe Galleries

September 23 2021

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Picture: @MbaOrleans

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans have recently reopened their newly refurbished nineteenth-century galleries. The newly revamped rooms contain 350 works of art spanning from 1815 - 1870 covering themes from the Italian countryside to the Paris Salon in the age of Romanticism during the Second Empire. The displays also draw heavily from the workshop collection of the painter Léon Cogniet.

Lucy and Catherine Madox Brown at the Watts Gallery

September 23 2021

Image of Lucy and Catherine Madox Brown at the Watts Gallery

Picture: @WattsGallery

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey, will be opening their latest exhibition Lucy and Catherine Madox Brown next week.

According to their press release:

‘Uncommon Power’: Lucy and Catherine Madox Brown is the first exhibition dedicated to the life, art and feminist legacies of sisters Lucy Rossetti (1843-1894) and Catherine Hueffer (1850-1927).   

Commonly referred to as the daughters of Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893), these two creative women grew up at the heart of the Pre-Raphaelite world and, as this exhibition demonstrates, became talented, professional artists in their own right.

Bringing together Rossetti and Hueffer’s rarely exhibited works - notably Ferdinand and Miranda Playing Chess (1871, Private Collection), A Deep Problem: 9 and 6 make – (1875, Birmingham Museums Trust) and the recently conserved The Fair Geraldine (or The Magic Mirror, 1871, Private Collection) - with archival material, including a family photograph album, personal correspondence and painting palettes, the exhibition explores themes of their Pre-Raphaelite upbringing, artistic training, kinship, female friendship and creative motherhood.

The show will run from 28 September 2021 - 20 Februrary 2022.

Rediscovered Van Gogh Study on Display in Amsterdam

September 17 2021

Video: Bloomsberg

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A rediscovered study by Van Gogh has gone on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The pencil study for Worn Out was created in 1882 and had been preserved in a private collection.

According to the BBC report:

"This one has never been seen before anywhere. It's the first time that this drawing is out in the open," said Teio Meedendorp, senior researcher at the Van Gogh Museum. 

Van Gogh appeared to have used the drawing as the basis for a slightly different version of the drawing shortly afterwards, which he preferred, and which is currently in the museum's collection under the title Worn Out. 

The artist made Study for Worn Out when he was living in the Hague and still learning to draw at around the age of 29. Experts say it offers an exceptional insight into Van Gogh's working process at the time.

Update - The Burlington Magazine have made their article on the discovery, written by Teio Meedendorp, accessible online for a limited amount of time. Read it while you can!

Is this by Van Gogh ? (ctd.)

September 9 2021

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Picture: smithsonianmag.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Readers might remember this painting from a post earlier in May regarding the quest of its owner Stuart Pivar to prove whether it was by Van Gogh or not.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam have since rejected the authenticity of the painting based on photographs alone.

The article linked above quotes Head of Collections and Research Marije Vellekoop:

We do not believe that an inspection … in our museum is necessary.

In our opinion, it is evidently clear from the material presented to us, that the painting ‘Auvers’ cannot be attributed to Vincent van Gogh.

The rejected work is in our opinion stylistically, iconographically or technically … clearly too far removed from Van Gogh’s own work that research and further discussion is deemed pointless.

Pivar, who rejects the conclusions above, has opened a $300m lawsuit to settle the matter.

Whistler Exhibition at the RA for 2022

September 7 2021

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Picture: NGA

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Royal Academy in London have provided more details regarding their new exhibition set to open in February 2022. Whistler’s Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan will focus around the loan of Whistler's portrait of Joanna from the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

According to the exhibition's blurb:

Many of James McNeill Whistler’s works feature the red-haired figure of Joanna Hiffernan. Her close professional and personal relationship with the artist lasted for two decades, yet little about her role or influence in his life has been explored – until now. 

This exhibition brings together portraits of Hiffernan, ranging from innovative paintings, prints and drawings that challenged cultural norms and established Whistler’s reputation as one of the most influential artists of the late 19th century. 

We also explore works by Gustave Courbet, who painted Hiffernan when he and Whistler worked together in Normandy, and conclude with paintings by Millais, Klimt and more who were inspired by Whistler’s Symphony in White.

The exhibition is set to run between 26th February 2022 - 22nd May 2022.

40 Lady Waterford Pictures Donated to Lady Waterford Hall

September 7 2021

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Picture: ford-and-etal.co.uk

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Apologies, here's a story which I missed two weeks ago.

The Lady Waterford Hall in Northumberland has received a donation of 40 paintings by the Victorian aristocratic artist Louisa Beresford, Marchioness of Waterford (1818-1891). The collection of works includes paintings, watercolours and sketches by the artist. It was amassed by Peter Stickley and Stewart Hamilton over the course of 50 years and has since been gifted to the Hall which contains Waterford's famous frescos.

A new exhibition of the collection will open over the weekend. Indeed, there's a ticketed opening being held on the 9th September, in case any readers might be in the area!

New Arts & Crafts Museum for St Petersburg, Florida

September 6 2021

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Picture: TAN

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper have reported on news of a new museum dedicated to the Arts & Crafts Museum. The new The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM) has been founded by Florida-based pharmaceutical businessman Rudy Ciccarello and will house his private collection and the holdings of the Two Red Roses Foundation, a non-profit educational organisation Ciccarello founded in 2004. His collection contains more than 2,000 objects related to the American Arts & Crafts Movement.

According to the article:

With more than 40,000sq. ft of gallery space, the new museum will be housed in a five-storey, 137,000sq. ft structure designed by the Tampa-based architect Alberto Alfonso. The institution will also have an outdoor garden, an education studio, graphic studio, research library, theater, event space, café, and restaurant.

Flowers and Gardens in Pre-Raphaelite Art

September 6 2021

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Picture: Ashmolean

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I have spotted this upcoming online lecture which is bound to be an aesthetic delight. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford are hosting an online lecture this Wednesday 8th September 2021 entitled Cultivating Beauty: Flowers and Gardens in Pre-Raphaelite Art. The talk will be presented by Dr Lindsay Wells.

According to the blurb:

From lilies and roses to poppies and pansies, flowers are ubiquitous in the art of the British Pre-Raphaelites. This talk will explore how Pre-Raphaelite painters engaged with Victorian gardening trends to craft their distinctive floral imagery.

The online lecture will be broadcast at 2pm (BST) and cost a mere £4 to attend.

TEFAF Funds Restoration of Manet Portrait

September 6 2021

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Picture: National Museum Wales

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Apologies, I missed this story the other week. The National Museum Wales has completed the restoration of Portrait de Monsieur Jules Dejouy by Édouard Manet. The painting, which dates to 1879, was acquired by the museum in 2019 through the acceptance in lieu scheme. Conservation was paid for through funds donated by The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) Museum Restoration Fund as well as help from the Friends of the Museum and The Finnis Scott Foundation.

A Fake Gaugin in the Tate (?)

August 31 2021

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Picture: Tate

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper has reported on the rather shocking news that the above painting of Tahitians, reputedly by Paul Gaugin in the Tate Collection, has been downgraded as a fake. The picture's fall from grace has been noted due to its absence in the latest catalogue raisonné by the New York-based Wildenstein Plattner Institute. The decision to exclude the painting was made by the scholars Richard Brettell (who died in July 2020) and Sylvie Crussard, although their precise reasons have not yet been disclosed.

The article quotes the 'Gaugin enthusiast and now a researcher on authenticity of his works' Fabrice Fourmanoir:

Fourmanoir is convinced that the Tate work is a fake. “It is a stereotypical colonial Tahiti scene, whereas Gauguin was looking for more primitive compositions. The poses, dresses and even the European accordion held by the woman show Tahitians ‘corrupted’ by European customs,” he says.

The Tate are said to still accept the work as authentic and will 'keep the work under review'.

New Release: He Ringatoi o Ngā Tūpuna

August 30 2021

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Picture: aotearoabooks.co.nz

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's an interesting new release from New Zealand focusing on colonial portraits made by the British artist Isaac Coates between 1841 - 1845. He Ringatoi o Nga Tupuna: Isaac Coates and his Maori Portraits has been written by the Nelson historians John and Hilary Mitchell.

According to the book's blurb:

Isaac Coates was an Englishman who lived in Wellington and Nelson between 1841 and 1845. During that time he painted watercolour portraits of 58 Māori from Nelson, Marlborough, Wellington, Waikanae and Kāpiti. Some of these portraits have been well-known for nearly 180 years, although their creator was not definitively identified until 2000. The discovery in 2007 of a Coates book of portraits in the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford University added many previously unknown images to his body of work. 

The portraits depict Māori men and women from chiefly whakapapa, as well as commoners and at least one slave. Coates’s meticulous records of each subject’s name, iwi and place of residence are invaluable, and his paintings are strong images of individuals, unlike the more stereotyped work of some of Coates’s contemporaries. Whānau, hapū and iwi treasure Coates’s works because they are the only images of some tūpuna, and they are reminders of those who risked their lives to bring their people to a better life in the Cook Strait regions of Kapiti coast, Wellington, Nelson and Marlborough.

Restoring Van Gogh's Olive Trees

August 30 2021

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Picture: robbreport.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

RobbReport.com have published an interesting article on the recent restoration of Van Gogh's The Olive Trees in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The campaign coincided with the painting's loan to an upcoming exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art on the artist's olive grove series.

Jane Austen returns to Bath

August 30 2021

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Picture: NPG

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Portrait Gallery in London have loaned their rare portrait of the novelist Jane Austen to the Holburne Museum in Bath. Austen, whose likeness here was captured by her sister Cassandra, lived in the city between 1801 and 1806. The loan also happens to coincide with the annual Jane Austen Festival which runs between 10 - 19 September.

Turner Watercolour Acquired by Athelstan Museum

August 24 2021

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Picture: BBC

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The BBC have reported on news that the Athelstan Museum in Wiltshire have acquired a watercolour by JMW Turner of Malmesbury Abbey. The artwork, now exhibited within the museum, has been displayed for the first time in 40 years as it was formerly kept in a private collection. A total of £380,900 was granted to the museum by the National Lottery Fund to help it purchase the work.

Odaliscas. De Ingres a Picasso

August 18 2021

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Picture: alhambra-patronato.es

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's a summer exhibition that I failed to spot earlier. Odaliscas: De Ingres a Picasso is the latest exhibition being held at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Granada. As the name suggests, the display investigates the fascination for the Odalisque during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This particular exhibition contains 48 works including pictures by the likes of Ingres, Delacroix, Chasseriau, Gérôme, Constant, Bernard, Matisse and Picasso from collections such as the Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée de l’Orangerie, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée Picasso de Paris, Musée Ingres-Bourdelle de Montauban and Musée de Rouen.

The show will run until 10th September 2021.

Christie's to sell $200m Cox Collection

July 29 2021

Image of Christie's to sell $200m Cox Collection

Picture: Christie's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's has announced that it will be selling twenty-five masterpieces from the collection of businessman, collector, and philanthropist Edwin Lochridge Cox. This will include several pieces by significant Impressionist artists including works by Van Gogh and Cézanne. Understandably, one of the standout pieces of the sale will be Gustave Caillebotte's Jeune homme à sa fenêtre (pictured) which is rumoured to carry an estimate of $50m. The whole sale is believed to carry a pre-sale estimate of around $200m.

The sales will be held in November and December 2021.

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