Monogrammed and Inscribed Verso 36 x 31cm
John Robert Dicksee was the first in the family of London artists, of which his nephew, Sir Frank Dicksee, became equally well known.
Despite being encouraged by his affluent family into a business career, with a precocious talent for art he had training at the RA under H P Briggs and quickly established himself, first as a lithographer, then as a portrait and figurative artist.
From 1852 to 1897 he was head drawing master at the City of London School. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and other British Art Societies. His works can be found in Museums and Art Galleries in both Europe and America.
This is a superb representative example of Dicksee’s exquisitely detailed work. ’The Love Nest’ is a charming narrative painting which exemplifies a style of painting popular during the 19th Century.
The artist was the storyteller who created a pictorial tale with a series of clues, for example the personal demeanour of the subjects, their clothes and accessories or the back ground objects or the title. Thus the viewer was invited to extend the story beyond the frame.
This is a beautifully executed example of John Robert Dicksee’s work (as good as it gets). It is in original unlined condition having been subject to museum quality cleaning and re-varnishing. This is the sort of painting that is a 'collectors dream’ and if presented at the right auction house such as Christie’s or Bonham’s can end up with many competitive bids taking its hammer price way above its auction estimated price range. ***