Friday, September 10, 2010

William Shakespeare Burton - The Love Letter, January 1866

Price Realized £4,780

signed, inscribed and dated 'The Love Letter/W.S. Burton/Jan 1866' (on the reverse prior to relining)
oil on canvas
6¾ x 8½ in. (17.2 x 21.6 cm.)

Burton was an historical painter who is best known for The Wounded Cavalier which had a sensational entry to the Royal Academy exhibition in 1856. Dogged by ill-health and lack of recognition, Burton practically abandoned painting during the 1880s and 1890s, but was persuaded to take it up again around 1900.

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