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John White
John White, The Big One, Oil Painting

1886

About the Item

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. Labels & Inscriptions: Framer's label on reverse. Provenance: Private collection, England. Artist’s auction maximum: £12,850 Established in 2017, Brave Fine Art is a premier English art dealership based in Cheltenham with clients including national galleries and country estates. Our team includes a conservator, logistics specialist and art historian. Over 1,000 paintings have been transported to the US and Canada safely with hundreds of glowing reviews. We set our prices fairly from the start as we prefer to sell quickly and continually evolve the collection. Around 40 new discoveries are added every month. If you have any questions at all, we’d love to hear from you.
  • Creator:
    John White (1530 - 1606, British)
  • Creation Year:
    1886
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 22.5 in (57.15 cm)Width: 30.5 in (77.47 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.
  • Gallery Location:
    Cheltenham, GB
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU2328213865722
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