Alfred Grey (1845-1926)
|Artist Name||Alfred Grey (1845-1926)|
|Description||This stunning exhibited British Victorian oil painting is by noted animal artist Alfred Grey, brother of Edwin Lanseer Grey. Grey was a prolific exhibitor and he exhibited over 400 works at The Royal Hibernian Academy. This was painted in 1885 and exhibited the same year at the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts No. 97 entitled Highland mist. The composition is a Scottish landscape with two stunning long horned cows and three sheep on a rocky out crop in the foreground. Beyond them one can see majestic mountains through the Highland mist. The details in the floral and fauna in the foreground and the texture of the cattle's shaggy coats are superb. A very atmospheric painting with lovely brushwork, impasto and colouring and an excellent example of Grey's artistry in capturing magnificent cattle in a landscape with great empathy.
Signed and dated lower left.
|Provenance||Exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1885 no 97 entitled Highland Mist.
Original artist's inscribed label verso with title.
Spences Art Gallery, Sackville Street Dublin.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||38 x 28 inches|
|Frame||Housed in an ornate gilt frame, 45 inches by 35 inches framed and in good condition.|
|Biography||Alfred Grey RHA (1845-1926). Alfred Gray, landscape and cattle painter, was son of Charles Grey RHA (1808-1892), and brother of artists Edwin Landseer Grey, Gregor Grey, James Grey and the engraver Charles Malcolm Grey. He was born and educated in Dublin Ireland. Grey exhibited in the Royal Academy in London, at the Royal Institute and at Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Academy, where over a 60 year period, he exhibited close to 400 works. Grey was elected the first President of the Dublin Sketching Club in 1874 and exhibited widely in Dublin, London, Liverpool, Birmingham and the Royal Scottish Academy, together with the Watercolour Society of Ireland. His work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Ireland. During the early part of his career, Alfred Grey and his father, who was originally from Scotland, visited the Scottish Highlands as guests of Viscount Powerscourt, thus acquiring the opportunity of studying and painting highland cattle in their natural surroundings. He subsequently specialised in animal portraiture and landscape painting and was commissioned by Queen Victoria, who much admired his work at the Royal Academy, to paint a number of her favourite views in the Scottish Highlands.|