AN ENGLISH WILLIAM IV SITTING ROOM IN LATE SUMMER, English School

AN ENGLISH WILLIAM IV SITTING ROOM IN LATE SUMMER, English School

1830 England

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This charming scene is dominated by the dusty pink and blue of the decoration, a perfect period foil for the clothes and furnishings utilised in the creation of a comfortable room for the eldest woman or matriach of the group. Depicted in some detail are favourite family valuable possessions, valued for more than sentiment perhaps, such as the Imari pot, stand and cover on the cream and blue close-fitted patterned carpet so typical of the time. Over the chimney piece is a lavishly framed still-life and on it some prized pieces of porcelain. The colours are coordinated, from the blue-silk over the soundboard of the new piano, possibly a Broadwood, to the balancing tones in the shawl of the woman in the brown coat.

A blue cloth with a rich Indian pattern covers the table, on which a bowl of late summer fruit and a glass of water stand in readiness. The white froth of lace covering the collar and bonnet of the main figure, together with her heavy silk dress, indicate a solidly well-off existence, as much as the hint of breeding and learning in the book she holds. The gleaming fire in the bright-steel, late George III or Regency grate further indicates affluence, as does the white dress of the young woman seated on the other side of the table, all though without undue display. The setting and seated female figure have a fascinating counterpart in a similar scene, formerly in the possession of the late Geoffery Bennison. (Ref. Christie's, Interiors sale, 17 November 1994, Lot 106)

The focus is directed to the young boy in his frogged coat, about to bowl his hoop outside. The woman extends a valedictory hand and the governess or mother, perhaps, glances at him. Is he the heir to a vast fortune or will he seek one in the colonies? We long to know more about the characters and it is the artist's skill to bring them so vividly alive in our imagination.
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Dimensions
Height 343.00 mm (13.50 inches)
Width 348.00 mm (13.70 inches)
Medium
Watercolour
Charles Plante Fine Arts

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