Joseph Farquharson RA (British, 1846-1935) When the West with evening glows 25 x 36in (63.5 x 91.5cm)
Lot 69
Joseph Farquharson RA
(British, 1846-1935)
When the West with evening glows 25 x 36in (63.5 x 91.5cm)
Sold for US$ 112,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
Joseph Farquharson RA (British, 1846-1935)
When the West with evening glows
signed and dated 'J. Farquharson 1910' (lower left)
oil on canvas
25 x 36in (63.5 x 91.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, Wilmington, Delaware;
    Donated to the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, around 1970.

    The present painting is another, slightly smaller, version of When the West with Evening Glows, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1910 and presently in the collection of the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. A smaller, preparatory work of this composition was sold at Sotheby's, London, on 17 May 2011.

    The present work may have been painted at the request of a patron who would have been unable to purchase the primary version from the walls of the Royal Academy. Farquharson often copied his own paintings in order to satisfy his clients, or to provide an original for engravers tasked with the reproduction of a successful composition. Prints of winter scenes by Farquharson were highly popular and were sold by the thousands by Frost and Reed, who printed over thirty different engravings after his works.

    'There is not one of Farquharson's pastoral landscapes which is not treated from the contemplative or poetic point of view: the poetry of snow either in its suggestion of desolation, or of the endurance of peasantry life, or the exquisite beauty of rare tints in the sun or moon on deep snow surfaces and seen through leafless trees... and the varied voices with which Nature elevates us from the prosaic, the commonplace and the ugly in her countless moods.' (Archdeacon William Macdonald Sinclair, D.D., The Art of Joseph Farquharson, A.R.A.', Christmas edition of The Art Annual, 1913, pp. 1-2)
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