robert edward morrison rca 18521925 magnificent pre raphaelite oil portrait painting of lady shaw c1910

Robert Edward Morrison R.C.A 1852-1925 Magnificent Pre Raphaelite Oil Portrait Painting Of Lady Shaw c1910


| $13,727 USD | €11,479 EUR

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IMPORTANT WORK UNSEEN BY ART MARKET SINCE 1980. Depicts the Edwardian Era Perfectly.
Independently researched with information from leading auction houses.
Portrait believed to be LADY SHAW:
Mother of children Joyce & Monica Shaw
See attached image no.10 / painting dated 1905 a close likeness evident with younger child.
[ Born. Peel Isle of Man / Died in Liverpool ]
A very large - almost life size - original oil on canvas signed and dated by the artist who was one of the most sought after English Pre-Raphaelite painters renowned for portraiture.
Robert Edward Morrison was the son of John Morrison, a joiner and later manager of one of the Peel timber yards. He moved to Liverpool in 1870 where he trained as a house painter and served part of his apprenticeship with William Nicholson of Douglas, father of the Manx artist, John Miller Nicholson.
Aged. 21 he became a student at the Liverpool School of Art, and studied under John Finnie.
He later studied in Paris at the Académie Julian under Bouguereau and Tony Fleury.
He started exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1884. He also exhibited extensively at the Liverpool Academy, acting as its President from 1895 to 1905. He was an active member of the Liverpool Manx society and was its President from 1911.
Morrison was given his first art lessons by John Miller Nicholson, the leading Manx artist who was to become a life-long friend and whose portrait he painted in later life. In the 1881 census Morrison described himself as an ‘artist in crayon’. A decade later he was calling himself a ‘portrait painter’.
Morrison painted many of the dignitaries of Liverpool, Lancashire and the Isle of Man, including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the Manx novelist Hall Caine.
On his return visits to the Isle of Man he often painted landscapes though it is as a sympathetic portrait painter he will be remembered, producing sensitive and pleasing portraits of his sitters that at the time ensured his popularity and success.
In original carved swept giltwood frame and with provenance from a London estate where it has been since the 1980s, this is a beautiful full length portrait of Lady Shaw wearing a silk grey-blue dress, her white silk gloves in one hand and in the other the fine black feather boa.
The portrait superbly observed, painted with great empathy and lightness of touch. The background of the stone bridge over a river flanked by trees and roses in full bloom is a homage to nature.
Here Morrison has used a wonderful pallet of colours and her ring, lace blouse and necklaces are superbly painted. Her expression so realistically captured that her eyes engage yours and she almost speaks to you.
Pre-Raphaelite Era paintings have become extremely desirable, achieving record prices at Christies , Sotheby’s & Bonham's London.
A small oil painting measuring 12 x 16 inches sold for a huge sum of £6,875 Christies in 2015.
Large portrait of Joyce and Monica Shaw dated 1905 which sold for £12,379 on 25 April 2012
This painting was recently acquired from a lady who had bought it from a London private collector who had owned it since the early 1980s, and has been in private ownership for last 40 years and unseen for sale before.
Canvas & Frame are in excellent order for age.
Height: 61 Inches ( 153 cm )
Width. 44.5 Inches ( 113 cm )
CANVAS: 94.5 cms x 135 cms H53” x W37” Ins
UK £100 ( Allow 7-10 Days )
Worldwide: EU £350 / USA & Asia £500
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Internal Ref: CLC/062


Height = 153 cm (60")
Width = 113 cm (45")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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