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JOHN FREDERICK TAYLOR (British 1802-1889) 19th Century Original Signed Watercolor "Resting Gentleman With His Friend and Companion"
JOHN FREDERICK TAYLOR (British 1802-1889)was a 19th-century English landscape watercolour painter, and president of the Royal Watercolour Society.Frederick's uncle, Charles Henry Hall, was dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and the boy was educated successively at Eton College and Harrow School, and destined for the church. He soon, however, showed his strong artistic bent, and, in spite of domestic opposition, determined to become a painter. After studying at Sass's school and at the Royal Academy he went to Paris, and worked for a time under Horace Vernet, also frequenting the studio of Vernet's son-in-law, Paul Delaroche. From France he passed into Italy, where he spent some time, chiefly in Rome. While still a lad he met Richard Parkes Bonington at Calais, and a friendship sprang up between the two painters, who for a time shared a studio in Paris Tayler's fondness for water-colour was no doubt encouraged by Bonington, and though he made his début in the academy of 1830 with an oil-picture, ‘The Band of the 2nd Life Guards,’ he did not long hesitate in his choice of a medium. In mature life he occasionally turned his ambition towards oil, and even took some friendly lessons in Mr. W. P. Frith's studio (Frith, Autobiography). It was, however, as a painter of ‘elegant’ sporting and pastoral scenes in watercolour that he achieved the popularity which was maintained throughout his long career. His sporting subjects were of two classes, some dealing with the costumes and accessories of eighteenth-century stag-hunts, others with incidents of contemporary sport in the highlands of Scotland. Akin to these were his illustrative drawings of costume and scenery, many of them suggested by incidents in the ‘Waverley Novels.’ In February 1831 Tayler was elected an associate of the Royal Watercolour Society (the so-called "Old Watercolour Society"), and in June 1834 he became a full member. He contributed in all about five hundred drawings to the society's exhibitions, about half of which appeared during Copley Fielding's presidency (1831–1855). A dozen of these were painted in collaboration with the younger George Barret (d. 1842), and one, ‘The Favourites,’ with Thomas Miles Richardson On the death of Fielding in 1855 Tayler, as senior member of the committee of management, was vice-president for the year, and discharged the duties of president during the interregnum of eight months which, out of respect for Fielding's memory, was allowed to pass before the election of his successor. In his official capacity Tayler became a member of the fine arts committee for the Paris Exhibition of 1855, as well as one of the jury. On his arrival in Paris, however, the hanging of the pictures was practically completed. He was nevertheless fiercely attacked in connection with some alleged unfairness, notably as regards the works of John Frederick Lewis. His distress at this affair brought on a serious illness, from the effects of which he did not finally recover until peace was restored in the society by the election of Lewis as president. In February 1858 Lewis resigned office, and Tayler was unanimously elected president. He filled this position for over twelve years, and retired in June 1871. He continued to send drawings to the society's exhibitions down to the time of his death. His drawings and sketches were sold at Christie's on 15 Feb. 1890. References: Men of the time: Biographical sketches of eminent living characters. Also, biographical sketches of celebrated women of the time, Publisher: Kent, 1857, 895 pages (page 708) Hutchinson, John. A Catalogue of Notable Middle Templars, with Brief Biographical Notices, [London]: The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, 1902. xiv, 284 pp (page 240) Philip Gilbert Hamerton, Etching & etchers, Publisher Macmillan & co., 1868, 354 pages (page 162) Biblography: Walter Armstrong, "Tayler, Frederick", Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 55 Frederick Tayler, Studies in animal painting: with eighteen coloured plates, from water-colour drawings, Publisher: Cassell, 1884. Thanks to Wikipedia.
High reported sale price was over $11,700.00.
Subject: Resting Gentleman With His Friend and Companion
Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Size: 21 1/2 inches by 16 3/5 inches (54.6 by 42.1 cm) Framed under glass 24 1/4 by 19 by 1 1/4 inches.
Signed: Lower right
Condition: Appears to have no major issues. Perhaps minor foxing and toning; less than expected in an antique watercolor. Not examined out of frame. The frame has a 3/4 inch loss near top on left (see photos). Otherwise expected wear. Framed under glass.
Provenance: This artwork was pictured in David Cross English Watercolours. Copy of cover is attached to back of painting. See photos. Called "Sportsman & Dog".
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