John White

The Big One

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John White

The Big One

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This late 19th-century oil painting by Scottish artist John White (1851-1933) depicts a boy fishing in a stream with the sea beyond.

With his line taut, he leans back and looks optimistically towards, what he hopes could be, 'The Big One'. A young girl sits alongside, a little less interested in the escalating drama. It’s a charming scene highlighting the simplicity of childhood amid a radiant natural environment.

John White hailed from Edinburgh but soon settled in Devon following a short time in Australia. He produced numerous works depicting the South-West, such as ‘Fish Sellers in Clovelly’, and ‘Branscombe Beach, East Devon’, so it’s plausible that this is also a view in Cornwall or Devon.

It was completed in 1886, the same year he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He married his wife Rosetta, two years later.

Signed/dated lower right and held within a gilt frame, which is probably original.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 30½” x 22½” / 77cm x 57cm
Year of creation: 1886
Labels & Inscriptions: Framer's label on reverse.
Provenance: Private collection, England.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction maximum: £12,850

John White

John White

John White RBA RI was an accomplished British painter of landscapes, portraits, genre scenes and coastal views. Born in Edinburgh, he spent several years in Australia before returning and enrolling at Royal Scottish Academy Schools. His works were shown at major exhibitions including the Royal Academy and Royal Society of British Artists where he was a member.

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