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busty lady 19th century sepia drawing by james smetham 18211889

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SA865490

Busty Lady - 19th Century Sepia Drawing By James Smetham (1821-1889)

Price

£70 | $95 USD | €82 EUR
Item Number: SA865490
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Radnorshire Fine Arts Ltd
This antique has been viewed 11 times in the past month with the most views from Germany.

Description

Studies from an album of scraps from sketch books by Jas. Smetham.
Sketch of a Busty Lady: Sepia wash on white paper – laid onto blue Ingres, laid paper (1).
Sheet: 6.2 x 5.3 cm.
Backing paper: 27 x 21 cm.
Provenance: A transcript of a letter written by the artist’s daughter will be included in the sale.
This is one of 229 works removed from an album of sketches by James Smetham. The album was compiled by the artist’s daughter, Edie and her siblings in 1878 then presented to their father when he was ill.
Throughout his life Smetham had suffered from bouts of mental illness but it was in the fall of 1877 that he succumbed to a debilitating attack after which he withdrew from the world, he became delusional and virtually ceased talking. Almost a year had passed since his attack when he received the album. After a decade of emotional and psychological anguish, he died on February 5, 1889.
James Smetham produced over four hundred paintings during his lifetime. Like his good friend Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who was a major influence on his art, Smetham was a poet as well as a painter. He also wrote criticisms and recorded fascinating details on many celebrated personages of his day. His paintings ranged from portraits to Biblical interpretations, arcadian vignettes and landscapes. Smetham had great hopes and complicated theories about how audiences would understand and buy his art, but he was sadly disappointed with critical response. However, he received praise from some eminent contemporaries like John Ruskin, George Frederick Watts and Dante Gabriel Rossetti who hailed his friends' paintings as "the flower of modern art".
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Declaration

This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Dimensions

Height = 27 cm (10.6")
Width = 21 cm (8.3")
Depth = 0 cm (0.0")


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