Painting of "Private View of The Old Masters Exhibition" in the style of Henry Jamyn Brooks


This commissioned oil painting offers an interpretation of "Private View of The Old Masters Exhibition, Royal Academy 1888" by Henry Jamyn Brooks. Brooks masterfully captures the essence of the late Victorian Establishment. In this scene, featuring over 60 figures ranging from prominent artists and critics to politicians and aristocrats.

The Royal Academy first hosted the Old Masters Exhibition in 1869, showcasing significant paintings from various collections. While Brooks himself did not attend the exhibition. He had access to the room where the old masters had previously been displayed in the Winter of 1888. Inspired by the challenge posed by William Powell Frith's "Private View at The Royal Academy, 1881," Brooks set out to create a scene of similar complexity.

The original Henry Jamyn Brooks painting now resides at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Serving as a vivid depiction of the cultural and also social milieu of late 19th-century England. Brooks' attention to detail and skilful portrayal of the diverse array of figures make this painting a captivating glimpse into Victorian society. Lastly depicting the world of art and culture during that era.

The canvas has treated with ageing varnish. Stretched and then mounted in a 3.5" hand made English swept frame finished to a light antique patina.

  • Oil on Canvas.
  • "Private View of The Old Masters Exhibition" in the style of Henry Jamyn Brooks.
  • Bespoke Handmade Frame.

Width: 144.5 cm  |  Depth: 7 cm  |  Height: 90 cm

Item code: OP122-35STARKLA

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