James Edward Barclay (1846-1903)

Artist Name James Edward Barclay (1846-1903)
Title Portrait of William Wynch George Back Willis - Royal Marines Major
Description This impressive late 19th century portrait oil painting is by British artist James E Barclay. The sitter is a Major in the Royal Marines, William Wynch George BacK Willis who was born in 1838 and died in 1910. The composition hints at a story behind this portrait, with a note book or sketch book just in view and pencil in hand. Is he an aspiring artist? Or about to write a letter? The profile perspective is interesting along with his half unbuttoned jacket but turned head and full gaze at the viewer. A fascinating portrait.Signed top right.
Provenance Sussex estate. Remnants of label and information verso.
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 24 x 29 inches
Frame Housed in a stunning gilt carved Raeburn frame, 39 inches 33 inches and in good condition.
Condition Excellent condition.
Biography James Edward Barclay was born in London, studied in Italy and spent most of his later years in the United States. He lived and worked in NYC, Washington DC and Boston. His NYC studio was in the Alpine Building. At the time of his death he was working on the portrait of the Lord Mayor of Edinburgh. He died in Edinburgh Scotland on July 27, 1903
Source: Obituary, New York Herald, August 9, 1903
Exhibited: Royal Society of British Artists 1, Royal Institute of Oil Painters 1 and in the United States.
Price £3000
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