[An artist, presumed to be F.R. Pickersgill, at work on a canvas in his studio.]
Photogravure, image size 405 x 560mm. Scuff marks lower left, two scratches into lower left edge of image.
Mounted on original card and annotated and signed in pencil by artist lower right below image: 'F.R. Pickersgill Esqr. RA from his old friend John Gilbert Decr. 1882'. Sir John Gilbert (1817 – 1897) taught himself to paint. Skilled in several media, he gained the nickname, 'the Scott of painting'. He was best-known for the illustrations and woodcuts he produced for the Illustrated London News. Frederick Richard Pickersgill RA (1820 - 1900) was born into an artistic family, and studied under his maternal uncle, Witherington, a portrait painter and Royal Academician. He entered the Academy Schools in 1839, sending his first picture for exhibition there in the same year. He became a noted history painter, favouring as well subjects from literature, the poets and the classics. Other subjects were from contemporary life, and from the bible. He became a full Academician in 1850, in which year he painted Samson Betrayed, considered his masterpiece.
[Ref: 7397] £240.00