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Oil Painting on Canvas – Girl in a Red Dress
c. 1860 to c. 1890 England
Offered by Baggott Church Street Ltd
English, 19th century
Framed Height 26”(66cm) Width 22”(56cm)
Lidderdale was born in the British chaplaincy in St. Petersburg, Russia on 28th September, 1830. Originally from the Scottish lowlands, he eventually lived and worked in London, where, at the Royal Academy, he was to exhibit 36 paintings between the years 1856 – 1893.
Plagued by eyesight problems, he was forced to give up painting in watercolours and turned to oils, once he had had extensive treatment from the oculist Tirgolin Tweedy. Tending to paint from only one model, Lidderdale merely changed the hair colour to suit the subject matter. Although he did take commissions for portraits, generally, he painted young girls from a more rustic or gypsy and working environment and one of his characteristics is to paint his subject’s hands confidently and visibly. His artwork is very figurative and he was able to capture significant emotional moods and characteristics in his brooding and contemplative faces.
His romantic portrayal of the young woman also led to his significant popularity and economic success in the latter half of the 19th century. He was a member of the Society of British Artists, and, as well as at the Royal Academy, exhibited at the British Institute and the Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street, London.
His diaries from between 1870 and 1894, account books and notebooks are now held in the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Art Library, London.