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    Sale 7555

    Scottish Art The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

    23 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 104

    Arthur Melville, R.W.S (1858-1904)

    The faggot gatherers

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    Arthur Melville, R.W.S (1858-1904)
    The faggot gatherers
    signed and dated 'Arthur Melville/1880' (lower left) and indistinctly inscribed 'Winter Fuel' (lower left)
    watercolour, heightened with touches of bodycolour and with scratching out
    11¾ x 18 in. (29.7 x 45.7 cm.)


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    Having trained at the Academie Julien in Paris and as a member of a colony of international artists in Barbizon during 1878, Arthur Melville painted this atmospheric watercolour in the year of his departure for the Middle East, a journey which would last from 1880 until 1882. The dark palette of this work foreshadows the change in his style which occurred around 1885, after a visit to the Orkney islands with James Guthrie, and which was perhaps influenced by his study of the works of James McNeill Whistler.

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