This is an atmospheric by Frederick William Nelson Whitehead (1853-1938) for sale. The artist was a prominent British oil painter, watercolorist, and etcher active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He studied at the Leamington School of Art and later trained at the Académie Julian in Paris under both Lefebvre and Boulanger. During his time in France, Whitehead traveled extensively around the countryside, including trips to Barbizon, and became a proponent of working en plein air, or out of doors.
After returning to England in 1870, Whitehead settled for a time in Dorset and there met Thomas Hardy, with whom he became lifelong friends. Whitehead began exhibiting at this time as well and became known for his British scenes, especially views of Warwickshire, Wessex, and Dorset. He was greatly influenced by Constable and liked to explore the changes in light and atmosphere in his works. Whitehead was a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and the Royal Academy and exhibited extensively with both, as well as with prominent galleries in London. His work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Leamington Art Museum. The artist also has an excellent auction track record.
This work, with heavy Barbizon School influence, was acquired directly from the artist's great-niece. It is an oil on mahogany panel that measures 7.25" x 11.25" unframed and 12.25" x16.25" framed. The painting depicts a milkmaid going about her chores as dawn breaks behind her farmstead. The work is signed lower right and is dated 1903 (possibly 1893). The ornate copper-gold frame is period and probably original to the work. Condition of the painting is excellent and the work is ready to hang.
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