Baby's turn signed and dated 'ARTHURJ.ELSLEY/1905' (lower left) oil on canvas 109 x 142 cm. (43 x 56 in.)
It is very exciting to rediscover this important painting which has lain neglected for many years. Its whereabouts has been unknown since it was 'hung on the line' at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1905, Gallery VII no. 416.
It was painted in Elsley's studio at 26 Queen's Road, St. John's Wood, North London. His settings, and garden architecture, where inspired by black and white photographs in his collection of bound volumes of "Country Life" magazine. The central skipping girl is Barbara, daughter of Elsley's close friend, and fellow artist, Walter F. Cook. Their two families often went on holiday together.
The London based print publisher Charles Faulkner frequently visited his favourite artist's studios to purchase the copyright of their latest painting. He, in turn, licensed this work for reproduction as a large sepia photogravure print presented with the Christmas edition of "The Queen, The Lady's Newspaper" 1906.
Literature: Parker, Terry, Golden Hours - The Paintings of Arthur J. Elseley, Shepton Beauchamp, Richard Dennis, 1998, p.99.
We would like to thank Terry Parker for his kind assistance in cataloguing this lot.