John Faed (1818-1902)

Artist Name John Faed (1818-1902)
Title Sir Joshua Reynolds Visiting Goldsmith in his Study
Description This stunning large British Victorian portrait oil painting is by Scottish Royal Academy artist John Faed. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1877 and the details along with more provenance are below. The painting is of the artist Sir Joshua Reynolds is vising his poet friend Goldsmith in his study. The portrait details the two men and Goldsmith's dog in the interior of Goldsmith's study. An absolutely charming painting depicting a joy many of us know, teaching a dog tricks. In this case Goldsmith was also composing a couplet at the same time which is inscribed on the slip. Quite captivating.
 
Provenance Provenance.  Exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1877 no. 1326.
                      Christies London 31.8.82 Lot. 745
                      Oldham Loan Exhibited in 1894 - Owner Mr R Brocklebank of Malvern.

The entry for the RA reads:  'Goldsmith in his Study. Sir Joshua Reynods, calling upon the poet one day, found him in the double occupation of turning a couplet and teaching a pet dog to sit upon its haunches; the last lines were still wet, and were as follows:
By sports like these are all our cares beguiled,
The sports of children satisfy the child.'
 
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 32 x 42 inches
Frame Housed in its original ornate gilt gesso frame 54 inches by 44 inches and in good condition
Condition Excellent condition.
Biography John Faed, R.S.A. (31 August 1819 – 22 October 1902) was a Scottish painter. John was the eldest son of the six children of James Faed, tenant of Barlay Mill, Galloway, and Mary Faed, née McGeoch. Two other sons, Thomas, and James, also became artists. Until the age of 11, John attended Girthon Parish School. The Castle Douglas Weekly Visitor for 19 August 1831 recorded that at the examination of Girthon school "the company present were shown a beautiful and correct book of maps, executed by John Faed, as a specimen of his many and varied drawings, which often ere now have elicited the admiration of all who have seen them". Faed primarily painted religious, literary, and historical scenes. He exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy almost continually. When he was President of the Kirkcudbrightshire Fine Art Association in 1899, his portrait of Sir Isaac Newton (painted when Faed was 36) was shown in the Dalbeattie Loan and Industrial Exhibition which took place in July and August that year. Faed also had a following in the United States. His Portrait of George Washington taking the Salute at Trenton was so popular that it was selected to illustrate an article on Washington in the Magazine of American History in 1880. His highly successful painting Shakespeare and his Friends at the Mermaid Tavern was sold to an American in 1851. His paintings, popular in Victorian Britain, can today be found in private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Scotland. In 1859 he helped Joseph Noel Paton raise the 1st Edinburgh (City) Artillery Volunteer Corps from among artists in the city and served as its lieutenant. He was an active member of the community where he finally made his home, Gatehouse of Fleet. He helped to conceive and develop a number of community projects such as the clock tower and the town hall, which was opened in August 1885 by his brother Thomas Faed, by then a celebrated Academician. Faed became seriously ill in the summer of 1902, and died on 22 October at the age of 83. He was buried beside his wife, Jane, in the new Girthon parish churchyard. The known titles of his works amount to 278 items. Of these, 241 were hung in the Royal Scottish Academy, twenty of which were exhibited in the Royal Academy, and nineteen were exhibited in the Royal Academy only. The list is thought to be incomplete.
Price £28000
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