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JOHN LISTON BYAM SHAW A.R.W.S., R.I. | The Lure

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
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Description

  • John Liston Byam Shaw A.R.W.S., R.I.
  • The Lure 
  • signed BYAM SHAW (lower right) 
  • oil on panel 
  • 23 3/4 by 26 1/8 in.
  • 60.3 by 66.4 cm

Provenance

William Rodman & Co., Belfast
Sale: Sotheby's, London, December 19, 2001, lot 101, illustrated  
Acquired at the above sale 

Exhibited

London, Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell's Gallery, 'The Neglected Invitation' and Other Pictures by Byam Shaw, April 1906

Literature

Rex Vicat Cole, The Art & Life of Byam Shaw, London, 1932, p. 144

Catalogue Note

Kneeling at the tomb of her deceased husband, a grieving young widow is suddenly interrupted by the impish figure of Love, who mischievously beckons her away from her wifely duty to follow him. While the exact source of the scene is unknown, John Liston Byam Shaw sought artistic inspiration in literature and history and often painted compositions with a clear narrative or underlying moral, perhaps inspired by his Pre-Raphaelite forbearers.

The Lure was one of ten works exhibited in 1906 at Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell’s Gallery in London, where Byam Shaw’s work was regularly shown. In the artist’s biography, Rex Vicat Cole described Dowdeswell’s show as "a remarkable exhibition of work, executed at the high-water mark of [Byam Shaw’s] technical achievement" (Cole, p. 144).  
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