A.K. Rudd, After Meissonier, The Brawl - Late 19th-century watercolour painting

An original late 19th-century watercolour painting, A.K. Rudd After Meissonier, The Brawl.

An expertly painted watercolour done as a copy of Jean-Louis Ernest Meissonier's 1865 'La Rixe' or 'The Quarrel'. There is an additional graphite sketch of a decorative acanthus scroll verso, as shown. 

Signed and inscribed lower left. 
There are soft oblique creases to three of the corners as shown, otherwise in good condition for its age.
16.1cm x 20.6cm.

This collection of watercolours by A.K. Rudd dates from around the 1890s. Rudd was a member of late-Victorian art clubs the Beehive Sketching Club and Woodland Sketching Club. Such clubs were popular in the late-Victorian and Edwardian era as a place for like-minded people from affluent society to come together and pursue a pastime and receive critique from a teacher. Rudd’s pseudonym in the club appears to have been “Persimmon”, inscribed on several of the paintings. These watercolours reflect the artist’s commitment to and enthusiasm for the watercolour medium, including travelling to Belgium to paint continental scenes. Rudd’s painting style is delicate, with clean brushstrokes in fresh, crisp tones. The majority of the views in the collection are rural, such as Norfolk and Aberdeenshire, featuring woodland, mountains and moorland, often with dramatic skies or seasonal details. The collection also includes what appears to be a self-portrait of this Victorian gentleman artist.

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Product code: JG-862

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