Oil Painting on Board of Alderman F. Smith. J.P.
Oil Painting on Board of Alderman F. Smith. J.P.

T ALFRED WEST (1864-1947)

Oil Painting on Board of Alderman F. Smith. J.P.

c. 1890 to c. 1935 England

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Studio portrait in an oak moulded frame of Alderman F.Smith, J.P., probably of Liverpool. Signed by the renowned portrait artist, T.Alfred West fl.1890-1935. Label to the reverse gives his address as 25 Turret Road, Wallasey where he worked between 1921-1926. He exhibited at The Royal Academy, The Royal Society of Oil Painters, The Royal Cambrian Academy and The Liverpool Gallery (now The Walker).
English, circa 1890 - 1935
Height 27.5” (70cm) Wide 24” (60cm)
Stock No. 17
T. ALFRED WEST (1864-1947)

Born in 1864 in Manchester, one of ten children and the son of an upholsterer, Thomas Alfred West was to spend most of his life living and working in Liverpool, studying his art in both the Manchester and Liverpool Schools of Art. He also studied sculpture and modelling in London under the renowned French sculptor and medallist, Edouard Lanteri, who came to England to teach in the South Kensington Arts School, becoming the college’s first Professor of Modelling in 1900.

At the age of 16, West began working as a Lithographic artist, skilfully making authorised copies for the creation of prints of contemporary artists, and, as he became more accomplished, went on to win various awards and prizes for his own work, especially the Queen’s Prize for Drawing and Painting as well as numerous National Book prizes.

Becoming highly acclaimed in his field, he was to paint many eminent and high-ranking members of the clergy, politics, industry and the community, notably Sir James Sexton M.P., the Archbishop of Liverpool, Dr Downey, the Bishop of Barbados, Rev D. Bentley and the socialist, Ben Tillett. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, The Royal Institute of Painters in Oil and The Royal Cambrian Academy, as well as leading provincial art galleries such as Liverpool (now the Walker) and Manchester.

His wife, Elizabeth Byass (b.1867) and her sister, Rosa (b. 1878) – a subject of at least one of his paintings – were the daughters of a wealthy Yorkshire farmer/landowner. T. Alfred West and Elizabeth had one child, a daughter, Margaret, born in 1906. Affectionately called Peggy, she is presented in at least one of our paintings, as is one of his nieces, Marjorie West.

T. Alfred West’s ability with the brush to reproduce personality and mood is remarkable. He was able to capture as much the essence of hauteur, eminence and sophistication, as the innocence of childhood and allure of womanhood. His style changes to suit the sitter and his or her characteristics; precision for the austere and distinguished, larger, sweeping brush strokes for the relaxed and more rakish, and subtle use of colour and warmth for the women and children. His subjects rarely smile but radiate their personality through West’s skilful presentation of their eyes and demeanour.
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