An exceptionally fine quality example of a framed Interior Kitchen Scene Oil Painting on Canvas by well documented English – Australian Artist James Clarke Waite, Third quarter of the Nineteenth Century. Complete with its original good very ornate giltwood frame.
A typical Waite scene which depicts a young Lady wearing a bonnet at a work table teaching her daughter.
Condition: Good condition recently professionally cleaned and put back together, ready to hang.
Height: (entire including frame) 19" (48cm). Width: (entire including frame) 17” (43cm).
Shipped to Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.
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Provenance: Burlington Paintings Art Gallery, Burlington Gardens, Mayfair, London.
BIOGRAPHY: Born in England and active in London from 1863 until 1885, James Clarke Waite likely acquired his meticulous genre style at the Royal Academy, where he often exhibited. A member of the Royal Society of British Artists, he showed more than 117 works at Suffolk Street. He also exhibited at the British Institution and the Old Watercolour Society. Around 1885, Waite emigrated to Australia, where he remained for the rest of his life, finding additional success as a portrait and history painter.The subject of a convalescing Confederate officer is a curious departure for the artist, who specialized in scenes of children with pets, such as Feeding the Kitten, or elderly people, as in The Widow's Consolation and A Rest Well Earned. It was probably inspired by accounts of the war that appeared in the British press. Waite would have been familiar with the illustrations of Winslow Homer and Alfred Waud, and must have also seen the paintings of George Lambdin, who developed themes that represented the domestic trials of the conflict, such as that presented here.Waite's ability at painting still-life detail and his vibrant sense of color are evident in this rare example from his early career. Indeed, so exacting is the detail that it is possible to identify the soldier's rank and unit, and to date the scene early to mid-war, as the blue trim embellishing the uniform was thereafter discontinued. The inclusion of the Richmond Daily Sun suggests that the soldier served under Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Waite may have painted the scene for a patron. In the early years of the war, Great Britain and other European countries were inclined to favor--or at least to sympathize with--the Confederacy. The upper classes looked upon the Southern planter as an aristocrat with whom they had much in common, while Robert E. Lee was admired for his gallantry and military brilliance.In 1901, Waite was commissioned by the Australian government to produce one of the country's most historically important artworks, The Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, for the Melbourne Exhibition Building. The contract required him to include correct representations of 269 various political leaders and aristocrats. Sixty-nine years old and in frail health, Waite was unable to begin the project, and the contract was given to Tom Roberts.