A love departed

Edward John Gregory

English ( b.1850 - d.1909 )

A love departed

  • Oil on panel
  • Monogram lower left

Panel size 6.3 inches x 7.1 inches ( 16cm x 18cm )

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Edward John Gregory was a much respected English Painter of figure subjects, landscapes and town scenes in both oil and watercolour. He was born at Southampton and began work at 15 in the drawing office of P and O. He soon abandoned this in favour of painting. He studied at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy School. hE worked as a black and white artist contributing drawings to The Graphic in the 1870s and also worked on the decorations at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1870 and a member in 1898. He became president of the Royal Institute of Watercolour painters in 1898. He exhibited 106 works in various galleries, including the Royal Academy, and the Royal Institute from 1875. His works have also been exhibited in Glasgow and St Louis.

His work is distinguished by remarkable technical qualities and his portraits are usually sensitively painted to an extremely high standard. This painting is oil on board and has exquisite detail. It is a hauntingly tender scene of a lady gazing at a picture of her lost love.