James Stephenson Craig was a genre painter of figures and domestic subjects who was born in Scotland in 1830. Whilst little is known about his early life and subsequent move to London, he is first recorded as living at Stanhope Street, near Regents Park, during the early 1850’s.
Craig exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1854 with works entitled ‘The Young Anglers’, ‘The Rustic Crown’ and ‘Ghillie Callum’. He also exhibited at the British Institution and Suffolk Street and was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists.
He spent a short time with his wife Ann in Ramsgate, Kent where their first child Kate was born in 1857. By the time of the birth of their son Robert in 1859 they had moved to 10 Fitzroy Road, St Pancras. His son Robert Henry Craig (aka Alexander Rosell) also became an artist. He died in May 1879 and was buried at Camden cemetery.
Craig’s figures are always beautifully observed set against their native backdrop or cottage interior and are painted with a great charm and vitality. Some of his works included hints of his Scottish heritage such as this wonderful example.
The painting is housed in new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||33.5 inches x 43.5 inches (85cm x 110.5cm)|
|Framed Size||40.5 inches x 50.5 inches (103cm x 128.5cm)|