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JOHN BARWICK (fl. 1835-1870) English listed mid 19th century art painting of Royal Mail horse drawn coach
For the true Anglophile, here is a fine very early painting by the noted artist JOHN BARWICK, the works of whom have sold for years at Sotheby's and Christie's. Measuring 24 1/2" by 29" on the stretchers, it's signed at lower right. The subject is a Royal Mail carriage with four men on board, pulled by four horses. There's no date but note the small plume of steam from what looks like a primitive steamboat at left above the horses' heads, and the "VR" (for "Victoria Regina", or "Queen Victoria") on the coach that would therefore date this to after 1837. Note the "XXVIII to London" on milepost at left. I see that John Barwick seems to be more associated with sporting paintings of race horses, etc., though I see in the auction records at least one example of a carriage. I've not seen an example of his signature. I looked at the signature on this painting under UV light....can't claim to be expert in such examination. To me it doesn't appear to "float", but, the lettering to my eye looks to me to be possibly of a later period. Condition is quite good for a painting 150 years old, with two patches on reverse and no obvious corresponding damage on the front. I imagine it has been cleaned at some times in its life. If you're furnishing a traditional interior that's more English than England, this piece might well be what you're seeking. Shipping wizard photos are guesstimates. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER ART WORKS NOW IN MY SHOP.
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