Wednesday, February 18, 2009

John Melhuish Strudwick - The Gentle Music of a Bygone Day

oil on canvas
Private Collection
Strudwick had been an unsuccessful student at the RA Schools but discovered his talent as an assistant to Burne-Jones. His paintings were painted to be beautiful and poetic. He was admired for his detail but criticised for his lack of authenticity. one critic describing this picture as 'like a tableaux of well-bred girls from St John's Wood'.

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