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Edward William Rainford
ROSALIND TELLING CELIA THAT ORLANDO IS IN THE FOREST
Estimate
40,00060,000
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Edward William Rainford
ROSALIND TELLING CELIA THAT ORLANDO IS IN THE FOREST
Estimate
40,00060,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Edward William Rainford
FL.1850-1864
ROSALIND TELLING CELIA THAT ORLANDO IS IN THE FOREST

Provenance

Thomas McLean, London;
Christie’s, 15 November 1902, lot 69, as Rosalind and Orlando by John Everett Millais (48 guineas to Shepherd);
James Gresham, Gallery House, Woodheys Park, Ashton-on-Mersey;
Christie’s, London, 12 July 1917, lot 97, as by John Everett Millais (100 guineas to Gooden & Fox on behalf of William Lever);
William Hesketh Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851-1925), ‘The Hill’, Hampstead and thence by descent to the 3rd Viscount Leverhulme; Sotheby’s, Thornton Manor, Wirral, Merseyside, 26-28 June 2001, lot 397;
Christie's, 8 June 2006 lot 354

Exhibited

Royal Academy, 1853, no. 1288;
Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Centenary Exhibition of Works by the Pre-Raphaelites – their Friends and Followers, 1948, no. 148, as by John Everett Millais (lent by Lord Leverhulme).

Literature

Athenaeum, no. 1333, 14 May 1853, p. 592;
Art Journal, 1853, p. 151

Catalogue Note

It is understandable that this picture was for many years thought to be the work of Millais, not only because the signature is similar to his but also the bright Pre-Raphaelite colouring and attention to detail. Little is known about Rainford’s career but as the present picture testifies, he was an artist of considerable talent. It is likely that he had contact with the original members of the PRB as in 1850 he had a studio at Charlotte Street close to Millais’ home. He only exhibited three pictures at the Royal Academy, the present picture being one, illustrating a scene from As You Like It. Of his known works, at least two more were of  Shakespearean subjects, his first exhibit at the Academy in 1850 was a scene from Cymbeline. Hotspur and the Courtier was exhibited at the British Institution in 1852 (Christie’s, 19 February 2003, lot 37).

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London