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Julian Barrow
SIGNED ORIGINAL OIL - LONDON STREET SCENE SUNLIGHT

c. 1970's

$2,313.28

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"London Daylight" by Julian Barrow (British 1939-2003) signed oil painting on canvas, framed canvas: 30cm x 40cm framed: 41cm x 51cm A very fine original oil painting by the famous British painter, Julian Barrow (1939-2003). The work depicts this view of a London building, bathed in golden light for which Barrow was most known for. A prolific traditionalist, he painted almost 1,000 country seats, great and small, across the world, in a style that was reassuringly conventional but not dull ; he always made maximum use of lighting effects. According to Auberon Waugh, Barrow had “a peculiar genius for capturing the Englishness of a building, its social and architectural essence”. Though he never possessed a pinstriped suit, Barrow was once described in this newspaper as “far happier in a Savile Row suit than a dirty artist’s smock”. Tall, slim, soldierly, gentle, humorous and self-mocking, he lived and worked for almost 50 years in the studio in Tite Street, Chelsea, which had been occupied by Sargent and Augustus John. He captured the Albert Bridge from every angle, at high and low tide, and made frequent excursions further afield. In St James’s Street, he painted posh shopfronts like Lock & Co and Berry Brothers with characteristic aplomb, but was sometimes even more excited by humble front doors and casement windows in Spitalfields. Much though he loved his own country, Barrow was equally at home in America, where he held several successful one-man exhibitions – capturing Grand Central Station with as much zest as he did the Grand Canal in Venice. in early 1960 went to Florence to become a student of Pietro Annigoni, already famous for his early portrait of the Queen. For the next few years he divided his time between London and Florence. In May 1961 he rented his first studio in Tite Street, across the road from the building that would later become his permanent home. Here he was commissioned by the King’s Own Scottish Borderers to paint their star soldier, Sgt Bill Speakman, VC; and in August that year, on hearing of the theft of Goya’s Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery, he perpetrated the prank of his life. Quickly dashing off a copy of the famous portrait, Barrow carried it through Trafalgar Square, casually tucked under his arm, ill-disguised by old newspapers and exciting the attention of the crowds — and the police. In 1965 he drove through Lebanon, Syria and Jordan to Jerusalem, where he completed a portrait of the Anglican archbishop, a cousin of his mother, and held an impromptu exhibition to finance his drive home via Turkey and Greece. The following year he was in New York, holding his first one-man show and painting Mrs Vincent Astor in her Manhattan drawing room. By 1971, when he married Serena Harington, Barrow’s popularity as an artist was well established. Later described by James Lees-Milne as “a country house painter par excellence”, he had already done Colin Tennant’s Scottish home, Glen; Castle Howard in Yorkshire; and Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire. He was soon painting hundreds of other stately piles. He would often add his own private jokes to these pictures: a majestic landscape of Rokeby Park, Co Durham, included – if you looked carefully enough – a vignette of the Rokeby Venus, the lady once described as having the most slappable bottom in the National Gallery. At the same time Barrow was producing innumerable interiors and conversation pieces, revealing the essential characters of his sitters (some admirers thought them subtle caricatures) by showing them surrounded by all their personal clutter. Early works included the Malcolm Forbes family in New Jersey, the Duc and Duchesse Decazes at the Palazzo Polignac in Venice, and a boardroom scene at Purdey, the Mayfair gunsmiths. These were followed by portraits of Auberon Waugh – wine bottle to hand – at his desk at Combe Florey, and James Lees-Milne in his garden at Badminton. In 1977, for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, he produced a portrait of the House of Lords which now hangs at Westminster and embarked on a series of interiors of London clubs such as the Garrick and Beefsteak . He continued to travel the world, and trips to India’s forts and palaces became an annual event . When abroad he was as happy sleeping in some rat-infested bed in the wilds as in the luxury B&B at Tikli Bottom, near Delhi . In 2011 Barrow and his wife celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by spending the night at London’s Savoy Hotel. The room once used by Monet overlooking the river was not available, but they were upgraded to the Charlie Chaplin suite, from which Barrow produced five riverscapes in 24 hours. Barrow’s work has been praised over the years by a number of commentators, including John Julius Norwich, who once wrote: “Julian Barrow’s pictures convince us that whatever terrible things happen in the world there is beauty aplenty for the asking – and for the taking.”. Condition report: The painting is in very good condition.

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