Herbert James Draper (1863 – 22 September 1920) was an English Classicist painter whose career began in the Victorian era and extended through the first two decades of the 20th century.
1894 was the beginning of Draper’s most productive period. He focused mainly on mythological themes from ancient Greece. His painting “The Lament For Icarus” from 1898 won the gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900 and was later bought for the Tate Gallery by the Chantrey Trustees.
He was also responsible for the decoration of the ceiling of the Drapers’ Hall in the City of London. Though Draper was neither a member nor an associate of the Royal Academy he took part in the annual expositions from 1890 on. In later years as the public tastes changed and mythological scenes became less popular he concentrated more on portraits.
The Cradle Song, oil on canvas by John Atkinson Grimshaw, British, 1836-1893. Private Collection.
The young mother looks apprehensive as to whether or not her lullaby has worked. With a lovely soft light, this may be the afternoon nap when there is a respite from child care.
Grimshaw mostly painted cityscapes and genre scenes and is classed as a Romantic and Aesthetic artist.
View of a street on the outskirts of Munich, winter, Anders Andersen-Lundby (Danish, 1841–1923).
The Old Tolbooth of Edinburgh During Demolition, oil on panel, attributed to Alexander Nasmyth, Scottish, 1758-1840. City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Rembrant’s Father’s Mill, oil on panel by Edward William Cooke, British, 1811-1880.
Cooke was a landscape and marine painter and gardener. He was also a draughtsman and skilled engraver. He publish Shipping and Craft, a series of engravings of ships, when he was 18 years old. Cooke began painting in oils in 1833.
HMS Victory in Portsmouth Harbour with a Coal Ship Alongside, 1828. etching by Edward William Cooke, British 1811-1880, from his own drawing.
The HMS Victory was the most famous warship in Royal Navy history. It was the flagship of Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and is now a tourist attraction in the Portsmouth dockyard, Portsmouth, England.
The above print is part of a book by Cooke, Shipping and Craft, composed of 50 ship etchings and published in 1829 in London.
Broughty Castle During A Storm, 1810, oil on canvas by Alexander Nasmyth, Scottish, 1758-1840. Dundee Art Gallery and Museums, Dundee, Scotland.
Nasmyth worked and studied in England and Italy as well as Scotland and became the founder of the Scottish landscape tradition.
Oskar Mulley (Austrian, 1891-1949), Bildstock vor einem Bergbauernhof [Shrine in front of a mountain farm], probably 1940s. Oil on canvas, 71 x 51 cm.
Stage design for “Heart of Midlothian: The Tolbooth" by Alexander Nasmyth, Scottish, 1758-1840.
Nasmyth was a portrait and landscape painter often employed by the Scottish nobility to improve and beautify their estates. He painted theater designs for a number of years as shown here for a play based on the novel by his countryman Sir Walter Scott.
Portrait of Natalia Zagriazhskaya, 1821, watercolor by Pyotr Fyodorovich Sokolov, Russian, 1791-1848. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Sokolov was the first Russian to paint portraits only in watercolor without bodycolor. His portraits were popular for their choice of color, their liveliness and their sincerity in interpreting character.