David Murray (1849-1933)
|Artist Name||David Murray (1849-1933)|
|Title||Chelsea Pensioner at Hampstead Heath, London|
|Description||This charming Victorian oil painting is by noted Scottish exhibited artist Sir David Murray. Painted in 1900 the painting is a landscape of Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath with the London skyline in the background beneath the pinky hues of a setting sun. A Chelsea Pensioner in his red uniform is climbing the hill with a woman and little boy with a balloon behind him. The foreground has a variety of trees clearly depicted. A really beautiful painting by a well respected Scottish artist, possibly painted to raise funds for the Chelsea Pensioners.
(A Chelsea Pensioner is a resident at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a retirement home and nursing home for former members of the British Army located in Chelsea, London).
Signed and inscribed Artists War Funds 1900 lower left.
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||24 x 18 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a complementary frame, 30 inches by 24 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||Sir David Murray (29 January 1849 in Glasgow, Scotland – 14 November 1933 in Marylebone, England) was a Scottish landscape painter. He was the son of a shoemaker, James Murray. He worked for eleven years for two mercantile firms, while studying in the evenings at the Glasgow School of Art under Robert Greenlees, finally devoting himself full-time to an artistic career from about 1875. He became an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1881, moving to London in 1882 where he was an immediate success. His 'My Love has gone a-Sailing' exhibited in 1884 was purchased by the Chantrey Trustees for the Tate Gallery. In 1891 Murray was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy, and a full member of the Royal Academy in 1905. About 1886 he broadened his horizons and travelled to the continent, but all of his more characteristic work was done in Scotland or England. Murray was a member of Glasgow Art Club and exhibited in the club's annual exhibitions. He became president of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in succession to Sir James Linton in 1917; the year before he was knighted in 1918. Murray did not marry and during the whole of his life in London he occupied the same bachelor's quarters - the studio of Millais in Langham Chambers, Portland Place. A portrait of Sir David Murray by the Scottish painter James Coutts Michie is held by the Aberdeen Art Gallery.
Exhibited: Royal Academy 248, Royal Scottish Academy 83, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 60, Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour 45, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 68, Royal Institute of Oil Painters 39, Glasgow Institute 100+ over a span of 63 years, AAS 1885-1894, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool 77.