FRANCES C. FAIRMAN
1836 - 1923
THE BOXER REBELLION
signed F.C. Fairman.1902. (lower right), inscribed [..]d Kingdom Japan China 1901 (on a scroll at lower center)
oil on canvas
44 ¼ by 34 in.; 112.4 by 86.4 cm
Examined in the frame. Oil on canvas in original unlined condition. The work is in generally good condition and presents well with bright colors. Faint horizontal stretcher bar marks visible parallel to upper edge and across the center. Minor surface dirt and dust and some scattered pin dot accretions. There is an area of loss visible in the lower right corner and a few very minor pin dot losses near the lower edge. Pin dot dent at extreme left upper edge. Under UV: dots and small areas of restoration visible on red ground and at center left, and possibly at upper right. Offered in a simple gold frame. Ready to hang in its current state.
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Mrs. Hugh Andrews, Toddington Manor, Gloucestershire (according to a label on the reverse)
W. Secord, Dog Painting, 1840-1940: A Social History of the Dog in Art (Suffolk, England, 1992) p. 99, illustrated
The dogs represent Great Britain and France signing the peace treaty, the Boxer Protocol, that ended the Boxer Rebellion, an anti-imperialist uprising in China that took place between 1899 and 1901 at the end of the Qing dynasty. Great Britain and France were part of an Eight-Nation Alliance, which also included the United States, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. China and the Eight-Nation Alliance signed the Boxer Protocol on September 7, 1901.