English ( b.1838 - d.1907 )
|Image size||7.7 inches x 11.2 inches ( 19.5cm x 28.5cm )|
|Frame size||14.6 inches x 18.1 inches ( 37cm x 46cm )|
Sold by Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Charles Stuart dating from the later part of the 19th century.
The painting is presented and supplied in its’ original frame, remounted and sealed using conservation materials and behind glass. The original backboard has been retained.
Previously with Messr G. Bennett, Worple Road, Wimbledon.
Charles Stuart was a prolific English still life and landscape painter who exhibited widely throughout the British Isles.
He was listed as two separate people in the Royal Academy records, which caused some confusion in the past, especially as the subjects of his work changed quite abruptly around 1871 from still lifes to mainly landscape work. However, his address remained constant and it is now accepted that he was just one artist!
His parents, William and Amelia Stuart were both artists, as were other family members, including his brother William who emigrated to Australia in 1859.
In 1862 Stuart married the artist Jane Maria Bowkett, who had previously been shown in a painting he had exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists. They went on to have six children, though only three survived infancy. The Stuarts spent the early years of their marriage living with Charles’ parents in Stepney and Gravesend before living in South Kensington and Fulham Road in the mid-1870s. They later moved to the fashionable Melbury Road, Holland Park in 1880. Around this time Stuart was nominated for the London gentleman’s club the Savage and he is depicted with fellow members in a frontispiece illustration to a 1907 club history. Stuart was also a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He purchased The Hermitage, 1 Cleve Road, West Hampstead in 1885, which was a newly –built property with a huge galleried studio connected to the spacious house by a barrel-vaulted glasshouse; this was an indication of both his financial and social success.
Charles Stuart started his long professional career early. He first exhibited at the British Institution with Scene on the Dutch Coast, aged just 16. Half a century later, in 1904, he exhibited his last painting at the Royal Academy, Solemn Solitude. During the intervening years he also exhibited at many other galleries and societies, including the Royal Academy of British Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery, Royal society of Artists Birmingham, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.
Stuart’s wife, Jane, died in 1891, and he survived her by 16 years. He was buried with her at Kensal Green Cemetery.
This is a very fine painting, with great atmosphere and detail, and a wonderful palette of greys, purples, lush greens and crimson pink. The view is of the Highlands of Scotland, vast mountains in the background with heavy clouds above, and the rolling moorland in the foreground, with granite boulders, gorse and heather. There is a line of trees, almost silhouetted against the mountains, and we glimpse, as if privileged, three or four wild Deer in their natural habitat, including a stag with his antlers held high.