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Arthur John Elsley

United Kingdom (1861 -  1952 ) Wikipedia® : Arthur John Elsley
ELSLEY Arthur John Baby's Bath Time

Sotheby's /May 9, 2014
71,802.97 - 107,704.46
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Arthur John Elsley - Here He Comes

Arthur John Elsley - Here He Comes

Original 1917
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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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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.
Arthur John Elsley - Baby's Bath Time

Arthur John Elsley - Baby's Bath Time

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Lot number: 43
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Sale: Christie's, London, April 22, 1932, lot 86

Prestige Art, Inc.

Acquired in Chicago in the 1950s

PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, CHICAGO
Arthur John Elsley

BRITISH

1861 - 1952

BABY'S BATH TIME

signed ARTHUR J. ELSLEY (lower left)

oil on canvas

40 by 27 1/2 in.

101.6 by 69.8 cm

The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work has been recently restored. The canvas is unlined and the stretcher is original. There is one thin diagonal break in the canvas in the upper right, immediately next to the vase of flowers on the mantel. At present, although there is a small reinforcement on the reverse, this break is slightly visible. There are otherwise no retouches or damages to the picture as a whole. One may want to consider lining the canvas in order to provide a proper surface and eliminate the raised break in the upper right.
Arthur John Elsley - Hold Up/here He Comes

Arthur John Elsley - Hold Up/here He Comes

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Arthur John Elsley (1860-1952)

Hold Up/Here He Comes

signed and dated
'ARTHUR J. ELSLEY/
1901.' (lower left)

oil on canvas

35 x 26½ in. (89 x 67.5 cm.)
Purchased from the Royal Academy by Bibby's for £175 and later donated to The Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital.
Bibby's Quarterly - Literary Supplement, vol. IV, no. 3, Christmas 1901. T. Parker, Golden Hours, The Paintings of Arthur J. Elsley 1860-1952, Somerset, 1998, p. 89, and illustrated, p. 67. M. Wheatley, Arthur. J. Elsley, The Children's Artist, This England, Winter 1981, p. 14.
London, Royal Academy, 1901, no. 890. Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, 11 January 1985, no. 692.
Hold Up/Here He Comes is full of anticipation and fun, and encapsulates the very best features of the artist's work. It is a celebration of what a contemporary review termed 'these bright scenes of childhood. He knows all the ingredients that compose the children's paradise'. Born in 1860, the son of coachman, Elsley joined the South Kensington School of Art at the age of fourteen. In 1876 he became a probationer at the Royal Academy Schools, and submitted his first exhibit to the Royal Academy in 1878. By 1887 he was sharing a studio at 151 Gloucester Road, Kensington, with George Greville Manton, who later introduced Elsley to Fred Morgan (see lot 40). Elsley was to paint the animals in Morgan's pictures in succession to Allen Sealey. Following the death of Charles Burton Barber in 1894, he was considered the foremost painter of animals and children in the country. In 1900, following an estrangement with Morgan, who accused him of stealing ideas for pictures, Elsley started to execute works on a grander scale. He continued to exhibit at the Royal Academy until 1917, but thereafter painted less and less, owing to failing eyesight. We are grateful to Terry Parker for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.
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