Rowland Wheelwright (British, 1870-1955) Holiday Time

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Lot 139* AR W
Rowland Wheelwright
(British, 1870-1955)
Holiday Time

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 26,000 - 39,000
Rowland Wheelwright (British, 1870-1955)
Holiday Time
signed 'RWHEELWRIGHT' (lower right), indistinctly signed and inscribed with title and artist's address on the reverse
oil on canvas
72 x 92cm (28 3/8 x 36 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Martha Wheelwright, the artist's sister-in-law
    thence by direct descent
    Private collection, Australia

    Rowland Wheelwright was born in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia into a sheep farming family. Following the drought of 1891, his family decided to return to England. After attending Tonbridge School, Wheelwright studied at St John's Wood Art School and then at the Herkomer School in Bushey, alongside Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869–1958); like Kemp-Welch, Wheelwright settled in the area, first in Watford and then in Bushey itself, where he worked and remained for most of his life. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1895 until 1930.

    Apart from historical and literary subjects which were treated in a realist manner, he was also an accomplished illustrator being commissioned to illustrate works by the great literary figures such as Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott and Alexander Dumas.

    The present lot may well have been painted on the tiny island of Sark where Wheelwright produced some of most popular pictures often bringing models, like the Beacham sisters, over from the mainland to pose for him.
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