oil on canvas (relined) signed and dated Alfred Elmore 187(8?) canvas dimensions 33.46 x 25 inches (85 x 63.5 cm) frame 44.88 x 36.22 inches (114 x 92 cm)
Provenance: From a Swedish private collection
Alfred Elmore RA (1815–1881) was a British history and historical genre painter. He was born in Clonakilty, Ireland. Between 1840 and 1844 Elmore travelled across Europe, visiting Munich, Venice, Bologna, and Florence. Elmore seems to have been associated with The Clique, a group of young artists who saw themselves as Hogarth and David Wilkie followers. Elmore studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in the 1860s and exhibited many works at the annual Royal Academy Exhibition under his carrier. Most of Elmore's later works were historical narrative paintings. Religious Controversy and The Novice were implicitly anti-Catholic in character. Other paintings set episodes from Shakespeare or the history of the French Revolution. This painting depicting ”The Eavesdropper” 1878 is a new discovery from a Swedish private collection. Here we see a woman standing at a doorway, listening on a conversation on the other side of the door. The drapery of her dress is painted with great attention to detail. It is possibly that Elmore exhibited this painting at the Royal Academy Exhibition 1879, nr 40 ”Speak Low, My Lute!”
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