Robert L Alexander RSA (1840-1923)

Artist Name Robert L Alexander RSA (1840-1923)
Title Portrait of a Chestnut Horse in a Stable
Description This beautiful Scottish Victorian horse portrait oil painting is by noted animal artist Robert Alexander. Painted circa 1890 it is a detailed profile portrait of a Chestnut coloured horse stood resting in its stable after a ride, hence the sweat.  The depiction of the musculature and colouring of the coat are just beautiful. The detail of the horse's grey muzzle and the lovely look in its eye make you want to reach out and stroke it. A really superb example of Alexander's brilliance at depicting the individual animal with great empathy and a great Scottish Victorian horse portrait.

Signed lower left.
Provenance Christie's 1956.
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 28 x 22 inches
Frame Housed in a period gilt and maple frame. Framed size is 35 inches by 29 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Robert L Alexander RSA RSW (1840–1923) was a 19th and early 20th century Scottish artist. He had a special interest in dog and horse portraits. The arrival of Robert Alexander heralded a new direction for Scottish animal painting. With him this branch of art became real and vital. Previously animal painting in Scotland had been essentially realistic, portraying domestic animals as breed specimens; any pictorial element was accidental but with Alexander's work the pictorial element was primary. Alexander was born in Dalgarven near Kilwinning in Ayrshire. He was apprenticed to a painter and decorator in Irvine around 1854, who also taught him how to paint landscapes. Around 1860 he obtained a position in the workshops of the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh. From 1868 he fully adopted oil painting as his profession, largely painting rural scenes and animals. He was elected ARSA in 1878 and RSA in 1888. In 1887/88 he visited Tangiers with Joseph Crawhall III, Pollock Nisbet and his son Edwin. He was an influence on the artist George Denholm Armour and accompanied him on a second trip to Tangiers. He visited Paris in 1906 and was greatly influenced thereafter by the Impressionists. His main patron was the Duke of Portland. He died in Edinburgh on 2 August 1923 and is buried in Dean Cemetery. His grave faces northwards to an east-west path in the inner north-west section. He was married twice, his second wife being Jemima Jane Martin. He had three children by his first wife and four by his second. His sons included the artist Edwin Alexander RSA RSW (1870-1926) and sculptor Martin Alexander. His daughter Jean Alexander married the artist Alexander Ignatius Roche. Known Works: Portrait of a Malamute (1876) The Happy Mother (1878) - a collie and pups, Springer Spaniel (1881), Scottish Donkey in a Stable (1890), A Bay Horse and a Terrier in a Stable, Skye Terrier, The Dead Stag, Study of a Horse.

Exhibited : Royal Academy 2, Royal Scottish Academy 125, Royal Society of Watercolour Painters.  4, Glasgow Institute 10, Aberdeen Artists' Society 1893-1923. Dictionary of Scottish Artists.
 
Price £5500
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