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JOHN ALFRED ARNESBY BROWN (British, 1866 - 1955) - Original Signed Oil On Canvas "Above The Sea"
John Alfred Arnesby Brown (British, 1866-1955) was an English artist, best known for his impressionistic depictions of pastoral landscapes whose background is fascinating to me. A wonderful description was published in the Nottingham Post November 30, 2010 - "SIR John Arnesby Brown was the artist Nottingham forgot. While the work of talented painters such as Richard Parkes Bonington and Dame Laura Knight has made them well known in their home city, you can find little reference to Arnesby Brown. There are no statues or plaques to commemorate the Ruddington-born painter's achievements. He was never given the Freedom of the City, nor was he awarded a doctorate by his home city's university. In fact, you have to go to the tiny village of Haddiscoe, Norfolk, to find a public reference to him — a tablet in the church of St Mary in the village that became his home. Yet he is widely regarded as one of the leading British landscape artists of the 20th Century, his work often fetching prices in the tens of thousands of pounds at auction. One painting, The Coming Day, sold for £36,000 in 1990. And in 2004, another of his works, Silvery Morning on the Marshes, fetched £19,000. On Thursday, Bonhams will be offering a selection of paintings which provide an excellent example of his landscape and pastoral subjects in which he depicts a timeless naturalism and tranquil contemplative scenes of the marshes and broads of East Anglia. They include Cattle on a Track (£5,000-7,000), Beside The Cut, Haddiscoe (£7,000-10,000) and Halvergate Marshes (£5,000-8,000). Sir John Arnesby Brown was born at Ruddington in 1866 and he lived his early years at Pelham Close in The Park. He studied at The Nottingham School of Art under the landscape artist Andrew MacCalum, where he learned about the observation of nature and subtle effects of light and colour. Between 1889 and 1892 he studied at Hubert von Herkomer's Bushey School of Art in Hertfordshire and later joined the colony of artists living and working in St Ives where he began to paint outdoors. From 1890, he began exhibiting works at the Royal Academy and the Tate Gallery, as well as Nottingham Castle. He was elected member of Royal Academy in 1915. He spent the following years alternating between Haddiscoe in Norfolk and St Ives before taking a house in Chelsea. In 1935, Norwich Castle Museum held a retrospective of his work and this was followed by a knighthood in 1938. ] In 1896 he married Mia Edwards (1870–1931), a painter who studied at Bushey under Sir Hubert von Herkomer. They lived in Norfolk and St Ives, Cornwall. Arnesby Brown was knighted in 1938. He died in 1955, having not painted since 1942 due to blindness.
We are proud to present "Above The Sea." Arnesby Brown's highest auction price was over $76,000.00. Just this past July a painting of his sold at Christies for over $41,000.00. This is a painting that took my breath away. Hopefully you will have the same reaction.
Media: Oil on canvas.
Size: 16 by 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Framed: 27 3/4 by 23 3/4 by 3 1/2 inches.
Signed: Lower right "Arnesby Brown"
Condition: Unlined canvas. There appears to be craquelure and light surface grime as well as frame wear and damage to the frame. Under UV exam, there appears to be no previous restoration.
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