WASHINGTON GEORGE BROWNLOW
“The Reading Lesson”
A fine oil on canvas painting by Washington George Brownlow (1835-1876) entitled “The Reading Lesson”. It depicts a family together in in a modest house with a young girl being given a reading lesson at the table.
Some other examples of works by this artist are included at the end of the photos.
Frame: Presented in the original, high quality, giltwood frame.
Signature: Lower right.
Provenance: Bonhams London, 22 Jan 2014, Lot #18 (see last photo). UK Private Collection
Condition: Painting and frame are both in very good condition with no evidence of re-touching.
Measurements: Painting measures 43 x 33cm and the overall frame 65 x 55cm.
Biography: George Washington Brownlow, was born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland in 1835.
In 1841 the family were living at Thompson Street, All Saints, Newcastle. George received early tuition from William Bell Scott (1811-1890), principal of the government School of Art in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and then enrolled at Royal Academy schools and by 1860 was exhibiting widely.
George Washington Brownlow was particularly renowned for his genre paintings with children in oils, but also painted landscapes and portraits and often painted scenes in Scotland and Ireland. He exhibited at the Royal Academy 1858-1875, at the Royal Scottish Academy 1859 and the Royal Association for the Promotion of Fine Arts in Scotland and elsewhere.
In 1866 the pulpit of Walter Belchamp church in Essex was adorned with the pictures of the four evangelist by Brownlow and his engravings are included in a series of Fulcher’s Ladies’ Sudbury Pocket Books.
He died on 23 July 1876, Suffolk, aged 41 years.