"Psyche Before the Throne of Venus", circa 1902. An original lunette oil painting on canvas board by R.A. artist, Robert Van Vorst Sewell, signed R.V.V. SEWELL on the lower left hand corner. The Painting is framed under glass in its original lunette gold leaf frame. The framed painting measures 21" H. by 36.5" W. Condition is very good; there is no paint loss or damage but minor crazing on the lower right hand side, just below Venus. Painted on canvas mounted on thick cardboard which is fragile, the painting will need a protective backing at some point. On the back of the painting there is an exhibition submission label, presumably, printed in Mr. Sewell's hand "Psyche Before the Throne of Venus, R.V.V. Sewell, Tangier, Morocco, Artists Shipping Company". Also in penciled script, "Mrs H.B. Sewell (I cannot make out the rest I think it is 9th St., N.Y.).
Robert Van Vorst Sewell, A.N.A., B. New York 1860-D.Florence, Italy 1924, Resided at Oyster Bay New York and California, Produced Paintings, Murals and Etchings of Nudes, Landscapes, Villages, Mythological and Deserts. Studied art in Paris under Lefebvre and Boulanger from 1883-1887. His art received much recognition, the Hallgarten prize from the National Academy of Design, being one. He was a member of the Society of Mural Painters and the Architectural League of New York.
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