Sunday, July 20, 2008

John da Costa

[Idleness] 1898
oil on canvas
1867 - 1931.
One of his rare allegorical paintings, his fame resting more on his excellent society portraits, especially in America for the Mellon, Duke and Vanderbilt families. He was encouraged at an early age by Millais and Stanhope-Forbes and in 1887 joined the Academic Julien in Paris for three years and then worked at Newlyn in Cornwall. However his biggest influence seems to have been his friend John Singer Sargent who advised him to work in America in 1905.

[The Glen Walker sisters]
oil on canvas

1 comment:

Roberta said...

The Glen Walker portrait is of the sisters of my step-grandfather, Herbert Glen Walker. I would love to know if the original is in a museum or privately help. Hohn Da Costa was married to Lillie Glen Walker.