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c1890 Fox Under the Hill Gouache Painting by Joseph Harker
  • c1890 Fox Under the Hill Gouache Painting by Joseph Harker
  • c1890 Fox Under the Hill Gouache Painting by Joseph Harker
  • c1890 Fox Under the Hill Gouache Painting by Joseph Harker
  • c1890 Fox Under the Hill Gouache Painting by Joseph Harker
  • c1890 Fox Under the Hill Gouache Painting by Joseph Harker
  • c1890 Fox Under the Hill Gouache Painting by Joseph Harker

c1890 Fox Under the Hill Gouache Painting by Joseph Harker

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£375.00


Product Description

A rare painting of the Fox under the Hill public house, Adelphi, Westminster, London, from about 1890.

It appears to be the inner courtyard and not the more often seen front exterior. You can make out the advertising sign for ‘HOARE’S ENTIRE BROWN STOUT’. This inn was known to Charles Dickens. It was closed by the construction of the Victoria Embankment, completed in 1870. The painting has been done in monochrome gouache and is mounted, framed and glazed. It is signed J. HARKER. Condition is good. The frame has been artificially distressed. On the reverse is a label for ‘the Medici Society Ltd, 7 Grafton Street, London W.1. – Liverpool – S. Kensington – By Royal Appointment.

Joseph Cunningham Harker (1855–1927) was a scene painter and theatrical designer in London. Joseph Harker was born in 1855, when his parents, William and Maria O’Connor – from an Irish theatre family – were working at the Theatre Royal in Manchester. He played child parts including Fleance in Macbeth, before being apprenticed to his uncle’s trade of scenery painting. His work included the complete scenery for Wagner’s Parsifal at Covent Garden, and for the musical Chu Chin Chow which ran for a record-breaking five years in the West End from 1916. The Harker family were prominent in the theatre, including his actor father, William Pierpont Harker, and son Gordon Harker. Two of Joseph Harker's great-great-granddaughters, Susannah Harker and Caroline Harker, are British actresses. Harker was a scene painter for the Lyceum Theatre, London, which was managed by Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula. In that book, one of the leading characters (called Jonathan Harker) is named after Stoker's friend.

Size painting: 38 x 27 cm (15 x 10 1/2 inches)
Size frame: 50 x 39 cm (20 x 15 ½ inches)
Weight: 1831g

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