William Harris Weatherhead, An Important Document

William Harris Weatherhead, An Important Document

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.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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