The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, December 28, 2014


Fairy painting bought for £25 in 1935 estimated to sell for £40,000-£60,000 at Bonhams
John Simmons (British, 1823-1876), Scene from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', signed and dated 1873, watercolour, 71 x 95cm (27 15/16 x 37 3/8in). Est: £40,000-60,000. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- A scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream, a magical watercolour fairy painting by John Simmons is offered for sale with an estimate of £40,000-£60,000 at Bonhams 19th Century Paintings Sale on 10th July.

The scene depicts Act II Scene II of Shakespeare's play which sees Oberon, the Fairy King, planning to sprinkle a love potion onto his quarrelling Fairy Queen's eyes while she sleeps, ensuring that she will fall in love with the first person she sees when she wakes.The Fairy Queen Titania lies asleep in the forest under the moonlight on the left hand side of the painting, guarded by her faries. Hermia slumbers also, to the right of the scene. The mischievous Puck flies above above the sleeping queen.

Signed and dated 'J. Simmons 1873', the painting was purchased for £25 in Liverpool in 1935 and gifted to the present owner in 1965. Although Simmons was recorded as a miniature painter working in Bristol and earned a living as a portrait painter, his large ethereal fairy paintings are his most celebrated works.

Fairy paintings in 19th Century Britain enjoyed enormous popularity providing much needed escapism from the constraints and hardships of Victorian Life. Simmons' paintings were erotic compared to his contemporaries. Some critics claimed that the exotic "fairy trappings" were simply an attempt to exonerate the viewer from blatant voyeurism.

Peter Rees, Director of 19th Century Painting at Bonhams comments, "It is rare to find such a large and wonderful example of fairy painting. This exceptional picture is in excellent condition and as far as we know has never been offered for sale at auction before."

THE THAMES AT CHELSEA REACH
Another interesting picture in this sale is The Thames at Chelsea Reach by Thomas Miles Richardson (1784-1848) estimated at £30,000-£50,000.

The oil on canvas shows a fascinating 19th century scene of the banks of the river Thames in Chelsea near what is now Cheyne Walk. With the tide low, a beached sailing boat unloads its cargo onto horses and carts. The grand red brick buildings lining the shore and the bridge appearing in the distance are landmarks that allow viewers to locate almost the exact location where the scene is set.

Best known for his depictions of North-East England and the Highlands of Scotland, Thomas Miles Richardson was born in Newcastle, starting his career as a cabinet maker before turning his attention to fine art in 1806. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1814 and at the Royal Society of British Artists from 1827. Richardson helped to found the Northern Academy of Arts and, in 1822, he organised the first Fine Art Exhibition in the north of England.

The present lot is a rare and impressive example of Richardson's London views.





Today's News

July 9, 2013

Prado Museum presents "Saint Jerome writing", recently attributed to José de Ribera

Plaza Athénée Hotel Auction to celebrate Design, Art Deco and Contemporary Art

Christie's London to offer The Collection of the late Mrs T.S. Eliot in November

The Other Half: (Art) Histories of Couples on view at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Fairy painting bought for £25 in 1935 estimated to sell for £40,000-£60,000 at Bonhams

Exhibition featuring masterpieces from the Hudson River School opens at The Fenimore Art Museum

High Museum of Art brings "Girl with a Pearl Earring" to Southeast for the first time

Largest group of Three Stooges posters and lobby cards ever offered, at Heritage Auctions

Seattle Art Museum presents "Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion" exhibition

Group show featuring over 40 works by more than 25 artists/photographers opens at Laurence Miller Gallery

"reGeneration2: Tomorrow's photographers today" opens at Rosphoto

RM Auctions secures stunning 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo for Monterey sale

Exhibition of the Swiss-born artist Not Vital's most recent sculptures on view at Ben Brown Fine Arts

Elegant fashion jewelry exhibition opens at Museum of Arts and Design

Quinn's Auction Galleries to host second annual seminar with blockbuster lineup of experts

Write to Roam: YSP sheep sprayed with words cast messages across the landscape

Stonehenge set to relocate to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Rare white Burgundies highlight July auction at Bonhams

Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup championship banner to be sold at auction by Leslie Hindman

Ryan McGinley brings a moment of tranquility to Times Square in July

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site