A fine late 19th-century oil on canvas depicting a seated 18th-century gentleman writing a letter. The details are exquisite and the painting was previously exhibited at the Royal Academy.
William Harris Weatherhead (1843-1911) was a genre painter who lived In Kentish Town, London. He exhibited regularly - particularly in the capital and one of his works is currently held at the V&A.
There are two photographs of Weatherhead at The National Portrait Gallery: https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp83449/william-harris-weatherhead
The painting is signed in the lower left and housed within its original gilt frame with foliate decoration and swept corners.
Medium: Oil on canvas Overall size: 20½” x 24½” / 52cm x 62cm Year of creation: c. 1870 Provenance: England Condition: Very presentable with no issues. Artist’s auction highlight: £8,645 achieved for ‘Weary Life’ at an auction in 2002.