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Artist Arthur John Elsley "At Bay / Mistletoe" For Sale - Fine Art Painting - Willow Gallery Weybridge Surrey & London - Fine Art Gallery

Artist: Arthur John Elsley (1861 - 1952)

Painting Title: "At Bay"

Canvas size: 34 x 26in / 86.5 x 66cm
Frame size: 41x 33in / 104 x84 cm
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Artist: Arthur John Elsley "At Bay / Mistletoe" - Fine Art Oil Painting - Willow Gallery London

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Sale, Christie’s London, 15 June 1925, as ‘Mistletoe’, bought Mason 55 guineas.
Black and White Handbook to the Royal Academy, 1899;
Terry Parker, Golden Hours, The Paintings of Arthur J. Elsley 1860 – 1952. Shepton Beauchamp, pp. 42 and 64.
London, Royal Academy, 1899, no. 579, Gallery VII as ‘At Bay’.

Arthur John Elsley - Artist's Biography

Arthur John Elsley, the son of a coachman and talented amateur artist, entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1876 where he learnt his trade. In 1889 he joined the North London studio of established artist and leading exponent of juvenile scenes, Fred Morgan (1847–1927). Morgan believed in the old adage that every picture tells a story. Elsley turned his portraiture skills to story-telling and soon became as successful as his mentor. Following his marriage in 1893, Elsley set up studio at his home 28 Finchley Road, St John’s Wood, London. Despite the move, the same four local street children also appear in Morgan’s work of this period.

‘At Bay’ follows in the tradition of children playing on a gate established by William Collins, RA in his painting entitled ‘Happy as a King’ exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1836. Elsley, while training at the Royal Academy Schools, would have studied the painting where it hung in the National Gallery. Rather than Collins' five bar gate, Elsley uses a lych-gate. Childhood fun and merriment run throughout Elsley’s work. Here the cheeky boy is jokingly encouraging the girls to kiss him under the mistletoe. The youngest girl and the boy feature in Elsley’s ‘Weatherbound’ (also 1898) sheltering from the falling snow with a collie dog, in an improvised kennel made out of an empty barrel. Three of the children are also seen walking, hogging an umbrella during snowfall, with an old man asking ‘Any Room for me’? This was painted the previous year in 1897. In 1900, again in the snow, two of the girls and the boy are featured again, with the boy giving the smaller girl a piggyback ride while she directs them home in ‘This Way’.

Elsley contracted measles as a youth which left him short-sighted. He always worked close to the canvas and paid careful attention, which is evident in the mistletoe and the worn shoes. He worked rapidly, completing at least five works in 1898. The artist always kept a ready supply of costumes for his young models in his studio ‘dressing-up-box’.

He painted nine snow-scenes plus others depicting Christmas subjects. There was a lucrative market for them as they were eagerly sought for reproduction as calendars, or by popular magazines (like ‘The Illustrated London News’) for use as large presentation prints, given away with the special Christmas number of the magazine. Fierce competition for circulation depended on the quality and popularity of the print and Elsley was the most popular reproduced artist of the period, and 'At Bay' was reproduced as a colour chromo-lithograph calendar re-named as ‘Pay Toll’.

Arthur John Elsley was born at 10 Derby Street in London. His father, John Elsley, was a coachman and a keen amateur painter, who according to “Pearson’s Magazine” in April 1898, offered “no opposition...to his choice of career”.

Elsley is often dismissed as a 'chocolate box' artist but this view disregards the fact that his work hung at the RA made him a highly-acclaimed artist. His work depicts a romanticised view of everyday life, an extremely popular approach during the industrial Victorian era. It wasn’t just the affluent middle classes who adorned their walls with Elsley’s paintings - his work was reproduced as prints, postcards and calendars and as a result appeared in many homes all over the country.

An early pencil sketch of ‘Vic’, a Cairn Terrier, show incredible potential and it was this early promise that led him to visiting the Zoological Gardens in Regents Park in 1874 to prepare his portfolio for his attempted entry to the South Kensington School of Art (later to become Royal Collage of Art). In 1876 Elsley became a probationer at the Royal Academy Schools to study under Frederick Pickersgill, Edward Armitage, John Marshall and Henry Bowler, and in 1878 Elsley had his first painting exhibited at the Royal Academy.

In 1881/2 he left the RA Schools, making a living from portrait commissions of children, horses and dogs. The Benett-Stanford family supported his work throughout his career and numerous portraits of family members and pets can still be seen in Preston Manor, Sussex, their family home.

In 1887 Elsley shared a studio on Gloucester Road with portrait artist George Grenville Manton, who introduced Elsley to fellow artist Fred Morgan and soon afterwards Morgan and Elsley shared a studio in St Johns Wood.

Elsley won a silver medal at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1891. The success he enjoyed in the following years enabled him to get married. It was in November 1893 that he was to marry Emily (Emm) Fusedale, his second cousin. Emily and her sister had modelled for Elsley for over ten years. They moved to 28 Finchley Road, St John’s Wood and Elsley had his own studio.

An important point in Elsley’s already prolific career came in 1894 when the artist Charles Burton Barber died. But Elsley didn’t simply slip into Barber’s role as the most prominent painter of children and animals. As the ‘Illustrated London News’ reported on the 25th January 1896:

“Mr Elsley appears more distinctly as a follower, though not an imitator, of Mr Burton Barber, differing from him by allowing his children more than one pet at a time and going beyond the limitations of a fox-terrier or a collie”.

The Elsley’s only child Majorie was born in 1903 and early paintings showed that she closely resembled one of Elsley’s early models, who was possibly one of Emm’s sisters or one of Elsley’s nieces. Majorie’s birth heralded a period of highly successful paintings from Elsley featuring his only child. However, this time of relatively high productivity was dramatically affected by the outbreak of World War 1. Elsley worked in a munitions factory and this had a detrimental effect on his already failing sight. However, despite his problems with his eyesight, he continued to paint up until 1931.

Elsley was a very skilled artist. He exhibited fifty-two works at the Royal Academy and many more at other important galleries. His achievement is even more remarkable in the light of his severe short-sightedness which led to him having to use opera glasses to see his models. His paintings remain very popular and highly sought after on today’s market.

Arthur John Elsley died at his home in Tunbridge Wells on the 19th February 1952 aged 92. After his cremation at Brighton Crematorium, his ashes were scattered in the Garden of Remembrance.

## Research taken from many available sources, the main reference however was “Golden Hours” The Paintings of Arthur J. Elsley by Terry Parker.


About Willow Gallery

Willow Gallery first opened in Weybridge during the late 1980s, dealing in British and European 19th century paintings. Since relocating to London’s Duke Street, St James’s in 2006, the business has expanded both its client base and range of stock, and now sells work from the 1830s to the 1980s.

With an exhaustive global knowledge of the constantly fluctuating art market, full in-depth research of any painting purchased, and a keen eye for only buying exceptional paintings in excellent condition, we are able to procure works that represent superb value for money. With a vast network of contacts throughout the globe, we are aware of paintings long before they are available on the open market. Before acquiring a painting, a member of staff will usually travel to wherever it may be, to personally evaluate the piece and confirm that it fulfils all relevant criteria concerning quality, price, and condition. Clients quickly become aware that they are buying a painting that has had a thorough assessment from Willow Gallery, and realise the value of such expertise in ensuring that they are completely happy with their purchases.

The services that the gallery provide extend far beyond the moment of sale. To ensure that the paintings look their best in their new environment, we can provide a full installation service. We work with a number of lighting consultants and can also arrange to have the work hung by experts to ensure complete peace of mind. Advice can also be given regarding framing, cleaning and conservation. We will on occasion take pieces on consignment to sell on clients’ behalf.

Willow Gallery is perfectly placed to look to the future with confidence. With a location in the most sought-after street in the traditional art world, and a strong presence in numerous fairs both in the UK and abroad, our client base continues to expand as numerous buyers join us on our journey. Please visit the gallery to view our constantly changing stock, and should you have any paintings to sell, we are always looking to purchase the finest quality work.

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Fine Art Oil Paintings at Willow Art Gallery London


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Established in 1990
Exhibitor at all the major London & New York fine art & antique fairs
Specialists in European & British 19th & early 20th Century oil paintings
View our extensive fine art collection

Example Of The Range Of Art For Sale At Willow Gallery London

The extensive collection changes regularly, but the following list will give an indication of the quality and range of fine oil paintings available for sale. At the beginning of April 2015 Willow Gallery had paintings by the following artists;

A Arnosa, Jose Gallegos y

Blaas, Eugen de
Blinks, Thomas
Boudin, Eugène


Campo, Federico del
Cassigneul, Jean Pierre
Coomans, Pierre-Oliver Joseph
Cooper, CVO RA, Thomas Sidney,
Cortes, Edouard Leon

D Dufy, Jean
F Flint, RA, RWS, PRWS, Sir William Russell
Foster, Myles Birket
G Gilbert, Victor Gabriel
Grimshaw, John Atkinson
Grutzner, Eduard von
H Hamza, Johann
Hardy, ARWS, RP, RE, RWA, Heywood
Harvey, Harold
Hutchison, RSA, RBA, ROI, RSW, Robert Gemmell
I Irolli, Vincenzo
K Kennedy, Cecil
Klinkenberg, Johannes Christiaan Karel
Knight, Daniel Ridgway
Koekkoek, Willem
Koester, Alexander
Kruseman, Frederik Marinus
L Ladell, Edward
Laloue, Eugène Galien
Lavery, RA, RSA, RHA, Sir John
Lhermitte, Léon Augustin
Loiseau, Gustave
Lowry RA RSBA, Laurence Stephen
Luce, Maximilien
Luny, Thomas
M Montézin, Pierre Eugène
Munnings, KCVO, PRA, Sir Alfred
Muschamp RBA, Sydney
N Nerly, Christian Friedrich
P Paoletti, Antonio
Percy, Sidney Richard
Preyer, Emilie
R Reggianini, Vittorio
Renoir, Pierre-Auguste
Robie, Jean-Baptiste
S Salinas, Juan Pablo
Schendel, Petrus Van
Seago, RWS, RBA, Edward
Sharp, RBA, ROI, VPSWA, Dorothea
Spencelayh, HRBSA, RMS, VPBWS Charles
Spohler, Jan Jacob
Spohler, Johannes Franciscus
Springer, Cornelis
Stannard, Eloise Harriet
T Towne, Charles
U Utrillo, Maurice
V Valtat, Louis
Vlaminck, Maurice de
W Williams RA, RCA, Sir Kyffin

Visit the Willow Gallery website for the current selection of images representing paintings, which are only a choice few from their extensive collection.

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Willow Gallery Weybridge Surrey & London is a member of BADA - the British Antique Dealers' Association. Categories of Art at Willow gallery include Sporting, Marine, Impressionist, Modern British, Victorian & European

BADA - the British Antique Dealers' Association

Willow Gallery Weybridge Surrey & London is a member of LAPADA - the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers - Categories of Art at Willow gallery include Sporting, Marine, Impressionist, Modern British, Victorian & European

LAPADA - the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers

We are always looking to purchase fine quality paintings



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