oil on canvas signed and dated John R Reid 1881 canvas dimensions 18.11 x 24.01 inches (46 x 61) frame 25.59 x 31.49 inches (65 x 80 cm)
Provenance: Stockholms Auktionsverk, 4 Dec 2003, lot 2621, Illustrated on page 320 of the catalogue.
Here we have a masterfully painting by the Scottish artist John Robertson Reid, depicting a Music Lesson 1881. There is a sitting man in the right corner who smokes on a long pipe, and a teacher and her student behind the piano. Tea is beautifully set on a table to be enjoyed after the lesson. Reid was a Scottish painter who spent his early working life in Surrey and later around the time when Music Lesson was painted moved to Cornwall in the wild southwest of England. He became the president of the Society of British Artists in 1886 and the Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers in 1898. These posts gave him an entree into London society, and from the early 1900s, he made his home in London. In Reid's later years, the young Sir Winston Churchill used to paint outdoors in the company of Reid.
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