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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF J. E. SAFRA

Thomas Bromley Blacklock
BRITISH
IN THE FAIRIES' WOOD
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
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451

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF J. E. SAFRA

Thomas Bromley Blacklock
BRITISH
IN THE FAIRIES' WOOD
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Art

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Thomas Bromley Blacklock
1863 - 1903
BRITISH
IN THE FAIRIES' WOOD
signed T.B. Blacklock and dated 1903 (lower left)
oil on canvas
23 1/2 by 28 1/2 in.
59.7 by 72.4 cm
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Provenance

Sale: Sotheby’s, Gleneagles, August 30, 1983, lot 856, illustrated
Sale: Sotheby’s, Gleneagles, September 1, 1992, lot 958, illustrated
Acquired at the above sale

Exhibited

Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, 1904, no. 159

Catalogue Note

This charming and imaginative scene of a wandering girl’s meeting with a gnome reflects the insatiable Victorian appetite for storytelling and depictions of fairies and other mythical beasts in popular culture. Thomas Bromley Blacklock was trained in Edinburgh but returned to his hometown of Kirkcudbright, which lies on the south west coast of Scotland, where the artist "developed into a painter of fairy-tales. He painted pleasant tender fancies expressed with a daintiness of colour and design and an ingenuity and quaintness in costume and accessory" (Peter J. M. McEwan, Dictionary of Scottish Art & Architecture, Suffolk, 1994, p. 77). The present work may be inspired by local Galloway folklore as well as the work of Scottish colorist and member of the Glasgow Boys E. A. Hornel (1864-1933), who led the Kirkcudbright Artists’ Colony, an answer to England’s St. Ives School, which flourished into the mid-twentieth Century.

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