An unfinished but very striking, and also very personal large study of a beautiful girl who I think is the artist's wife, Annie. Watercolour on paper measuring 22 1/4 x 15 3/8 inches (56.5 x 39 cm). A good large work that would frame very nicely indeed!
It's a study, so obviously unsigned, but the little "90" label verso is from the cataloguing of everything that was left in the artist's studio. And the condition is remarkably good too. A little grubby round the periphery from never having been framed but also entirely unfaded from never having been framed.
And they've been well kept too, so the paper is good and thick and strong and is in excellent condition for its age. As with all watercolours, this should never be hung in the direct line of ANY natural light.Fading can never be restored. Francis (Frank) Eastwood was born in Huddersfield on the 13th August 1855. He trained at the Royal Academy, after having won a scholarship, and started actually exhibiting at the Royal Academy not long after in 1878. He married Frances Annie James (known as Annie) in 1883, who was a daughter of Dr John Harvey James who the artist had lodged with. And it is significant that Frank and Annie spent their honeymoon in Tangiers, and that they also travelled widely later, particularly in France and Italy, because these were all places he painted. As a young jobbing artist, he started by painting portraits to commission and many of those and his earlier works are notably and strikingly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite movement. In 1890, however, Frank and Annie went to Paris for 6 months where Frank studied the Impressionists and their influence can be seen thereafter in a change of style to the looser approach exemplified by many of his later works. The Pre-Raphaelite influence didn't end completely, however, and Frank obviously particularly loved to paint their daughter, Nina (born in 1888), who just happened to have a mass of beautiful Titian hair and who very much looked the part of the Pre-Raphaelite muse. He painted her often, particularly during her childhood. The couple and their daughter lived in a Kensington Square Mansions studio flat in London, but for a number of years from the turn of the century they rented a house at Compton for the summer near Guildford and local to the wonderful home and studio of George Frederick Watts (now the Watts Gallery), before moving permanently to the country. Frank added a large studio to the house, and delighted in then painting more rural local subjects, travelling around in a pony and trap. And when visiting London, he would just leave the pony and trap at Milford Station, leaving the pony (complete with trap) to find it's own way home (lol). He exhibited widely, notably including 8 times at the Royal Academy (up to 1902) and 11 times with the Royal Institute, amongst other notable venues. After the move to Chiddingfold, then, he was an enthusiastic member of the Haslemere Society of artists and delighted in exhibiting many paintings very locally with them. In 1926, though, Frank and Annie moved again to a house they had built for them at Woodsome in Fernhurst, West Sussex, after their daughter Nina married Walter Duke, son of the Fernhurst doctor. Their only granddaughter, Maureen, was born in 1928. The item "FRANCIS HURST EASTWOOD Victorian large watercolour c1885 girl, the artist's wife" is in sale since Monday, March 25, 2019. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "gallery-verite" and is located in Winchester. This item can be shipped worldwide.