Offered by: Mayfair Gallery
39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP , England Call Seller 44.207.491.3435


Orientalist oil portrait of a pair of siblings by Burgess

$ 56,250
  • Description
    Orientalist oil portrait of a pair of siblings by Burgess
    English, 19th Century
    Canvas: Height 72cm, width 51cm
    Frame: Height 85cm, width 64cm, depth 5cm
    This superb Orientalist painting is by the English artist John Bagnold Burgess RA (1829 – 1897), who was renowned for his historical and genre scenes.
    The painting is set in the Arab world, possibly Morocco. The two figures, a boy and a girl, appear to be siblings, given the similarity of their features. The girl wraps her arms around her brother’s shoulders, as both children look with concern at a point beyond the canvas. Burgess effectively conveys a sense of unrest within this scene, making this painting a highly unusual subject for works of this type.
    The figures are dressed in shining robes and headdresses, which are rendered with remarkable accuracy. The surrounding interior contains numerous features that point to the Arab setting, including geometric tiling, the scrolled and fluted pillar, and the palm plant.
    The painting is signed in the lower right ‘J. B. Burgess’. The carved giltwood frame is also inscribed.
    Capturing an evocative atmosphere, this truly spectacular painting is an undoubtable collector’s item.
    Two similar paintings by the same artist sold at Sotheby’s sale titled Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own.
    Artist/Maker: John Bagnold Burgess
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: England
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Oil on canvas.
    Styles / Movements: Other
    Dealer Reference #: 17553
    Incollect Reference #: 718489
  • Dimensions
    W. 25.2 in; H. 33.46 in; D. 1.97 in;
    W. 64 cm; H. 85 cm; D. 5 cm;
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Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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