Alfred Joseph Woolmer was a genre and literary painter who was born in Chelsea in 1805. He studied in Italy and from 1828 started exhibiting at well-known galleries such as the Royal Academy, British Institute and the Royal Society of British Artists. He spent most of his life in London and lived at 34 Dartmouth Park Ave, Highgate. He was a prolific artist and during his lifetime exhibited over 335 works in the London galleries. In 1848 he was elected to the Society of British Artists and in the following decade went on to exhibit between ten and sixteen pictures each year with the society. Woolmer painted in a very distinctive style, combining rich colours and a fluid technique with an amazing range of subjects from classical to pastoral scenes, often reflecting an influence of French painting from the 18th Century such as the work of Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). He often depicted scenes from Shakespearean plays and other literary subjects as well as historical scenes. His particular style of painting led to him to become associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement earning the name ‘the English Diaz’ (after Narcisse Diaz de la Peña). A number of his works can be found in museums and art galleries including the Glasgow Museum, National Museum of Cardiff, New Walk Museum, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Sheffield Museum and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||10 inches x 8 inches (oval) (25.4cm x 20cm)|
|Framed Size||14 inches x 12 inches (35cm x 30cm)|