Oil on canvas painting of a young woman accompanied by a knight in a secluded landscape including a wall at left, 15" by 10" (arched top), 21 1/2" by 16 1/2" in modern day dark tasteful framing, signed at lower left center "TFaed". This could be an image of "Highland Mary" Campbell, to whom Scottish poet Robert Burns had a romantic attachment in the 1780's. I am standing behind this as a work of Scottish genre and history painter THOMAS FAED (1826-1900), although auction specialists in Scotland to whom I sent images have expressed some vague doubts as to its being by Faed. The work is in excellent condition, apparently relined at some time long ago. The reline is very stiff, making the work feel almost as if on a board, when touched. At top there is a horizontal line remaining from where perhaps in the past a different mat made the picture rectangular rather than its present arched top shape (and there is a slight color difference above the line). Faed was born in Scotland, educated at the Trustees Academy in Edinburgh. He was named associate at the Royal Scottish Academy by 1849, and became a full academician in 1864 at the Royal Academy in London. In earlier years, Faed favored historical scenes from Burns and also Sir Walter Scott. Later on, until 1892 when failing vision forced retirement, he more typically painted genre works dealing with humble, sentimental scenes of orphans, beggars and other members of society's underclass. These works proved to be very popular with his Victorian audience. Some of the better-known images were made into prints. An out-of-print 1982 book "The Faeds" by Mary McKerrow describes his life and work in detail, along with that of his brother John, (1819-1902), also a noted artist, and other artistically gifted members of the family.
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