Edward William Wyon (1811-1885)

Artist Name Edward William Wyon (1811-1885)
Title Reclining Female Nude
Description This beautiful British mid 19th century oil on board painting is by Edward William Wyon. It was painted in 1843 when Wyon would have been in his early thirties. The composition is a full length reclining female nude, lying on her side  with her head on her hands. Although Wyon was primarily a sculptor he also painted portraits. He would have completed drawings and painting in his training and also probably produced paintings in preparation for sculptures. Interestingly, this painting has a smaller study of a woman in the bottom right hand corner but both images appear finished and in some detail rather than sketches, and are of course in oil. Wyon has perfectly captured the anatomical details, particularly the curves of her back, hip and buttocks and the posture would be perfect to develop into a sculpture. However, the detail in the skin tone and face are perhaps beyond what Wyon would need for a sculpture so perhaps he was painting this reclining nude purely as a painting. Either way it is a superb example of his work as an artist and of mid 19th century art, with good provenance.  

Signed, dated and numbered 'Wyon Jany 1843/No 3' upper right
Provenance With The Maas Gallery, London.
Private collection, UK.
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 11 x 24 inches
Frame Housed in a gilt frame 31 inches by 18 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Edward William Wyon (1811-1885) (Active 1831-1876) was a Sculptor and medallist. He was born in Southwark. He was the third son of Thomas Wyon Senior. Edward studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1829. Among his commissions were works intended for reproduction by Wedgwood and numerous portrait busts and medals. He executed reliefs for Drapers' Hall, London (1866), and two caryatids for the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1874). 
Price £8750
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