Alice Des Clayes ARCA, Horse & Groom - early 20th-century pastel drawing


An original early 20th-century pastel drawing, Alice Des Clayes ARCA Horse & Groom.

A striking pastel drawing showing a blinkered white horse being led by a groom in a bright scarlet jacket and top hat. On the verso is the stamp of a supplier of artist's materials, which links the paper to Lechertier Barbe Limited of Jermyn Street, London, who existed in various guises since 1844, and are recorded as being at this address from 1901. The stamp above (which makes reference to the Expositions Universelles in Paris 1855-1900) indicates that the paper was made in France (Lechertier Barbe originated in Paris) and is of especially high quality.

There is some creasing to the paper, with two large soft creases across the lower corner portions of the paper, and oblique creases also across the upper two corners. When flattened is a frame these would be much less visible. There is some minor foxing, visible on the verso.
50cm x 34cm.

This work comes from a collection, mostly of pastel drawings, by Alice Des Clayes (1890-1968). Born in Aberdeen, Alice was the younger sister of Berthe and Gertrude Des Clayes, both of whom were also notable artists. She studied at the Bushey School of Art, then at Newlyn in Cornwall, and finally at Ambleteuse, where she worked with the distinguished painter and illustrator Dudley Hardy. Alice Des Clayes emigrated to Montreal in Canada in 1914, and became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1920. Later in life she returned to England and lived in Newton Abbot, Devon.

Alice Des Clayes is best known for her studies of animals, especially horses, and scenes of rural life. She experimented with a variety of media, working in watercolours, oils, pastels and coloured chalks. Her work in pastels in particular shows her to have been a highly skilled colourist, while the medium also allowed her to capture the immediacy of rural scenes quickly and with an economy of means. Many of her works show the influence of Impressionism, with their loose handling and use of intense colour.

Alice Des Clayes’s work can be found in several galleries, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Product code: JG-933

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