Rare large painting of the Roman Forum, 19 1/2" by 29 1/2" (23 1/2" by 33 1/2" framed), by English impressionist master artist and art educator PETER GREENHAM (1909-1992). Greenham is known for his sensitive portraiture, landscapes of England and the Continent, coastals, and interiors, most handled with a deft impressionist style. Greenham studied under Ernest Jackson at the Byam Shaw School. An exhibitor at the Royal Academy for many years, he was made Academician in 1960, and was "Keeper" at the Academy from 1964 through 1985. Greenham was also in his later years a widely respected educator of countless modern British art students. He was known for carefully reworking his impressionist paintings until they met his standards of quality. Among the sitters for Greenham were Lady Bonham Carter and Queen Elizabeth II. This work bears an older Christie's London stencil mark stamped on the stretcher and overlap, and two old 1960's labels remain on the stretcher, including one providing the title "The Forum, Rome", along with a handwritten date 7 May '65. Condition is excellent with exception of an abrasion approximately 1" in length at upper left, easily restored. This would appear to be one of the artist's larger works.
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