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James Archer RSA

A woman reading | Jeune femme lisant

Estimate:

6,000 - 10,000 EUR

James Archer RSA

James Archer RSA

A woman reading | Jeune femme lisant

A woman reading | Jeune femme lisant

Estimate:

6,000 - 10,000 EUR

Lot sold:

7,560

EUR

James Archer, R.S.A.

Edinburg 1823 - 1904 Haslemere

A woman reading


Signed and dated lower left 18 JA 41

Oil on canvas

104,8 x 79,2 cm ; 41¼ by 31⅛ in.

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James Archer, R.S.A.

Edimbourg 1823 - 1904 Haslemere

Jeune femme lisant 


Signé et daté en bas à gauche 18 JA 41

Huile sur toile

104,8 x 79,2 cm ; 41¼ by 31⅛ in.

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After graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, James Archer settled in London in 1862, with the aim of developing his skills in portraiture. This painter, who is identified by a distinctive monogram showing his initials pierced by an arrow – as in the present oil painting on canvas – met with considerable success, regularly exhibiting at London’s Royal Academy. His most famous painting, La Morte d’Arthur, (now in the Manchester Art Gallery; inv. 1952.252), was exhibited at the RA in 1861.

In the present work, a young girl sits at the foot of a tree, dressed in a long purple cloak embroidered with medieval motifs and with a book resting on her knees. In terms of both her costume and the general atmosphere that infuses this evening landscape, this painting is absolutely consistent with Archer’s artistic production and its themes of the Arthurian cycles and medieval legends. 


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James Archer, une fois diplômé de l’Académie royale des Beaux-Arts d’Ecosse, s’installe à Londres en 1862 pour y développer sa technique du portrait. Ce peintre que l’on identifie, notamment, par un monogramme distique de ses initiales transpercées par une flèche, comme dans cette présente huile sur toile, connait un succès certain, puisqu’il figure régulièrement à la Royal Academy de Londres. Son œuvre la plus célèbre, La Mort d’Arthur (aujourd’hui à Manchester Art Gallery ; inv. 1952.252), y fut ainsi exposée en 1861.

Dans l’œuvre ici présente, une jeune fille, vêtue d’un long manteau pourpre brodé d’insignes médiévaux, est assise au pied d’un arbre, un livre posé sur ses genoux. Aussi bien par sa tenue que par l’ambiance générale qui ce dégage du paysage crépusculaire, le tableau s’inscrit pleinement dans sa production artistique ayant pour thématique les cycles arthuriens et les légendes médiévales.