c1880 Scottish Lass Oil Painting Attributed to John Faed
  • c1880 Scottish Lass Oil Painting Attributed to John Faed
  • c1880 Scottish Lass Oil Painting Attributed to John Faed
  • c1880 Scottish Lass Oil Painting Attributed to John Faed

c1880 Scottish Lass Oil Painting Attributed to John Faed



Product Description

A beautiful portrait of a seated young Scottish woman that is very much in the style of the well known Scottish artist John Faed.

It shows a close up of her face and upper body, which has a remarkable resemblance to the muse in other portraits, including the painting ‘The Merlin’, by him in 1888. The background is sky mainly, with moors in the distance. It is painted with precise detail, but in a very romantic style, idealising the life of the country people. The girl wears a poppy and some wheatsheaves in her hair. The clothing is particularly well executed. The painting is unsigned and has the ink stamp of the canvas stretcher maker Charles Roberson & Co. The stamp is hard to read but is: PREPARED BY - CHARLES ROBERSON & Co. – 99 LONG ACRE – LONDON. The list compiled of British canvas, stretcher and panel suppliers' marks dates this stamp to 1880, at which time John Faed was living in London. Both John and his brother Thomas are known to have used this supplier, according to the National Portrait Gallery. The condition is very good, with very minor and stable cracks to the paint. The picture is very clean with the colours of the paint still fresh. The painting is framed in a gilded ornate gesso on wood frame.

John Faed, R.S.A. (1819 – 1902) was a Scottish painter. The eldest son of the six children of James Faed, a tenant of Barlay Mill, Galloway, and Mary Faed, née McGeoch. Two of his brothers, Thomas, and James, also became artists. Faed primarily painted religious, literary, and historical scenes. He exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy almost continually. Faed also had a following in the United States. His Portrait of George Washington taking the Salute at Trenton was so popular that it was selected to illustrate an article on Washington in the Magazine of American History in 1880. His highly successful painting Shakespeare and his Friends at the Mermaid Tavern was sold to an American in 1851. His paintings were popular in Victorian Britain and can today be found in private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Scotland. The known titles of his works amount to 278 items. Of these, 241 were hung in the Royal Scottish Academy, twenty of which were exhibited in the Royal Academy, and nineteen were exhibited in the Royal Academy only. The list is thought to be incomplete.

Size painting: 43 x 53 cm (17 x 20 7/8 inches)
Size frame: 56.5 x 66.5 x 5.5 cm (22 ¼ x 26 ¼ x 2 ¼ inches)
Weight: 3060 g


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