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Arthur John Elsley

United Kingdom (1861 -  1952 ) Wikipedia® : Arthur John Elsley
ELSLEY Arthur John Surprised

Christie's
Oct 27, 2014
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Arthur John Elsley - Woman Feeding Lamb

Arthur John Elsley - Woman Feeding Lamb

Original 1883
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Lot number: 197
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WOMAN FEEDING LAMB BY ARTHUR J. ELSLEY (ENGLAND, 1860-1952). Watercolor on paper, signed and dated 1883. Framed, 30.25"h. 23"w. overall. We provide condition information when it is requested by a potential bidder, as a part of our dedication to excellent customer service. However, the absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections, repairs, restorations or the effects of aging. Garth\’s Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission regarding an item's condition. We encourage you to call or email with any questions. We also encourage you to come see us and preview the auction in-person. Thank you for your business.
Arthur John Elsley - In From The Cold

Arthur John Elsley - In From The Cold

Original 1911
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Lot number: 56
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Arthur John Elsley (British, 1861-1952) In from the cold signed and dated 'Arthur J. Elsley 1911' (lower left) oil on canvas 42 X 31 1/2in (107 x 80cm) Footnotes Provenance with The Cooling Galleries, London, England; Robert Vose Estate, Boston, Massachusetts; with Castano Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts, 1966; with Winblad Galleries, San Francisco, California; Private collection, San Francisco, California.
Arthur John Elsley - Here He Comes

Arthur John Elsley - Here He Comes

Original 1917
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Lot number: 56
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Arthur John Elsley (British, 1861-1952) Here He Comes signed and dated 'Arthur J. Elsley/1917' (lower right) oil on canvas on board 32 ¾ x 24 ½ in. (83.2 x 62.2 cm.) This charming painting features two of Arthur John Elsley\’s favorite subjects – St. Bernards, and the artist\’s only child, Marjorie. Elsley's first painting to feature a St. Bernard was Victims, exhibited at the Royal Academy 1891, which showed a girl placing a small white kitten on a dog\’s back while a boy tries to pull the dog along. This was followed by I'se Biggest, shown at the Royal Academy in 1892, featuring a child standing on tip-toe atop a thick book, comparing her height with that of the dog. Elsley continued to paint these good-natured dogs throughout his career, and they appear in more than thirty of his paintings. Elsley would study the dogs and take source photographs in preparation for each composition and was particularly renowned for his ability to paint dogs\’ paws well, a difficult task. In Here He Comes, the well-rendered paws are centrally placed in the composition, where a lesser artist of the era would have hidden them behind some obstruction instead. Despite the fact that these dogs usually stand only three feet high at the shoulder, St. Bernards are always portrayed in Elsley\’s work as gentle giants, with their massive bone structure dwarfing the children in his paintings. Elsley helped reinforce the breed's reputation for being dignified, trustworthy, caring, wise and particularly devoted to children. Here we see the large animal as both a guardian and patient teacher, watching over both her small puppies as they learn to climb the well-appointed stairs of the orangery and the young girl who helps as well. Elsley was among the most beloved and commercially sought after artists of late Victorian England. His idealized depictions of the lives of children and animals appealed to the middle and upper classes of society, and his work also gained popularity through chromolithographic reproductions. Reproduction rights to Elsley\’s work were so eagerly sought after that print companies often competed to buy the copyright to his paintings. His paintings were routinely reproduced for use in color calendars published by the American firm Thomas D. Murphy Company, soap advertisers, as well as for the cover of publications such as Bibby's Quarterly. The present composition was purchased by the Murphy Company after its completion, and dispatched from England by boat en route to their headquarters in Red Oak, Iowa. While in transit, the boat on which the picture was sailing was sunk by a German U-Boat, and Elsley painted a replica of the composition from a reference photograph he had made of the original work. After the work reached the Murphy Company, a reproduction of the painting was used in a calendar printed in 1921, where it was seen by the wife of the painting\’s first owner. She liked the image so much that she hung the reproduction on the wall, where it remained until her husband surprised her at Christmas with the original painting to hang in its place.
Arthur John Elsley - Lily Cocciolitti

Arthur John Elsley - Lily Cocciolitti

Original 1884
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Lot number: 139
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Arthur John Elsley (1860-1952)

Lily Cocciolitti

signed and dated 'ARTHUR J ELSLEY 1884' (lower left) and further signed and inscribed 'Arthur J. Elsley/12 Angel Court E.C./ Lily Coccioletti/ No.1' (on the artist's label attached to the reverse)

oil on canvas

36 x 28 in. (91.4 x 71.2 cm.)

Provenance

Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 7 November 2002, lot 62.
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Arthur John Elsley - Surprised

Arthur John Elsley - Surprised

Original 1893
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Lot number: 37
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Arthur John Elsley (British, 1861-1952)
Surprised
signed 'Arthur J. Elsley.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm.)
Painted circa 1893
Joseph Grego (1843-1908), London. A. & F. Pears, London, acquired from the above in May 1893. William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851-1925), Lancashire. The Bungalow and Rivington Hall, Horwich, Lancashire sale; Knight, Frank & Rutley, London, 9-17 November 1925, lot 1085. Ednagene Schofman, Miami, circa 1980. By descent to the present owner.
PROPERTY FROM A FLORIDA COLLECTION
T. Parker, Golden Hours: The Paintings of Arthur J. Elsley 1860-1952, Somerset, 1998, p. 21.
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