John Wainwright II (act. c.1860-c.1869) Still Life of flowers books and blanket next to a goldfish bowl; oil on canvas laid to board; signed and dated (186?) lower left; 19.5in x 15.5in (49cm x 39cm) sight (visible painting), 24in x 20in (61cm x 51cm) frame
CONDITION: Lined (with board). Examined under ultraviolet light: Scattered light retouching; restored V shaped repair to canvas lower right. Clean and ready to hang.
A showpiece of the artist’s talents, with a myriad of materials and textures represented and even a landscape reflected in the glass.
BIOGRAPHY: John Wainwright/ Wainewright specialised in decorative trompe-l’oiel still-lifes, a hugely popular genre well into the C19th, and typically birds on glass globes; as well as in decorative flower paintings in a style derived from eighteenth-century Dutch still-life masters, such as Huysum and Van Os.
In his lifetime, between 1861 and 1869, he exhibited four pieces at the British Institution (1861: ‘Camelias, Primroses, and Hyacinths’, ‘A Bit from the Woodside’, and ‘Flowers and Glass Shade’); and two ( in 1861, ‘Still Life’) at the Society of British Artists. The fourth at the BI, ‘Partridges’, was exhibited in 1865, submitted from an address in Teignmouth; and the second to the SBA, a flower-piece, ‘Vase of Flowers’, in 1869 from a further address in Skerton (Lane Cottage), Lancashire. The artist is known to have lived at 6 Hemmings Row, London: However, very little is otherwise known about John Wain(e)wright’s life, which would appear to have passed unrecorded.
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