Eton College and Chapel from the Banks of the River Thames.

Robert Weir Allan

Scottish ( b.1852 - d.1942 )

Eton College and Chapel from the Banks of the River Thames.

  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower left

Image size 17.5 inches x 31.3 inches ( 44.5cm x 79.5cm )
Frame size 23.2 inches x 37 inches ( 59cm x 94cm )

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Sold by Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Robert Weir Allan dating from the 1890s and is presented and supplied in its original frame (which is shown in these photographs).
The painted surface, the canvas and the frame has benefitted from cleaning, restoration and conservation, which took place in 2021 on our instructions.
This antique painting is in very good condition, commensurate with age. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed lower left.

Robert Weir Allan was a prolific Scottish-born painter known mainly for his depiction of landscape and marine subjects.

He was born in Glasgow on 11 November 1851 into a family that encouraged and valued his natural artistic ability, his father being a lithographer and amateur artist. Allan was educated in Glasgow and was largely self-taught as an artist. He exhibited at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts when aged just 22, and two years later he had a painting selected for the Royal Academy in London. In 1875–80 he attended the Académie Julian in Paris, and then worked under Alexandre Cabanel at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He was influenced by the French school of rustic naturalism and also by French Impressionism. Working plein-air, he developed a loose, painterly approach to landscape subjects and he sent many plein-air works from Paris to exhibitions in England.

Although Allen settled to live in London around 1880, he travelled widely in Europe, Japan, the Middle East and America. He visited India from 1890-1982 and made a world tour in 1900. His particular inspiration however was the north-east coast of Scotland – a subject to which he returned throughout his life.

He exhibited extensively in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, showing 189 works from 1874 onwards. Whilst living in Piccadilly, he became an active member of a number of leading exhibiting societies, including the New English Art Club of which he was a founder member. He became Vice-President of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours. He was equally at home with oil painting, and during his lifetime he had 84 paintings selected for exhibition at the Royal Academy. He won a medal at the Paris International Exhibition of 1900. He moved from Piccadilly to Victoria and then to Buckingham Gate. In 1911 he married Georgia Trumbull, the daughter of Frederick Parker Trumbull of New York. Turnbull. In 1932 Allen was commissioned to paint the portrait of the former Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

This is a charming oil painting of Eton College and Chapel as seen from the River Thames.

We view the scene from a grassy bank in the foreground. The eye is then taken across the width of the river as it meanders around a bend, to the opposite bank, also grassy, and to the grand College buildings beyond. The delicate detail on the tops of the buildings stands out silhouetted against the pale sky. The mellow tones of the trees suggest it is late summer. A pair of swans sit on the water in a recess in the riverbank away from the main river current. The whole scene is both grand and serene.