The American owner of ‘Bob-Cherry‘ (1871) has very kindly got in touch to let me know that his family has been in possession of the painting since at least the 1940s – probably since its sale in London in 1937. He also sent a photograph of the painting, which tallies almost exactly with the descriptions of the work which appeared in newspaper reviews of the time. Click on the link to find out more about this painting of Bluecoat schoolboys at play.
One hundred years ago today, on 12 December 1910, Eyre Crowe died at the age of 86. It seemed to his obituarist in The Times (13 December 1910) that he ‘had long outlived any artistic celebrity that he may once have had’ – that he was a relic of the mid-Victorian age, an artist who had lived so long that he had been virtually forgotten. The journalists who reported his death may indeed have had to look up his achievements. Despite continual participation in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition every year until 1908, it was true that Crowe’s longevity had not been matched by critical and financial success in his latter years.
One hundred years later, it is possible to look back at the full sweep of Crowe’s life and career without prejudice, and to appreciate the artworks created by him, many now regarded as interesting and vivid depictions of prosaic contemporary life, such as slaves waiting to be sold, mill girls on their lunch break, a crush at the theatre door, and men working in an iron foundry.
To commemorate Crowe’s life, I left a cheerful plant next to the grave in which he was buried with his father and nephew, at Kensal Green cemetery in west London.
A digital image of Eyre Crowe’s 1855 sketch Delivery Entrance of Palais des Beaux Arts at the Exposition Universelle of 1855, owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has been made available on the Museum’s website. The sketch shows a busy scene as porters bring in works of art to be displayed at the Paris exhibition.
A pencil sketch showing three doves or pigeons is currently for sale on ebay (sale ends 1 August). The sketch is signed and dated 25 August 1878. It has been mounted onto card, but was probably once part of a sketchbook used by Eyre Crowe.
I’ve been given a copy of a magazine reproduction of Eyre Crowe’s School Treat (1878) by a fellow fan of Crowe’s work. The critics were not very kind about this picture – follow the link to see more about the work.
A private owner has let me know about a painting in his possession, thought to be by Eyre Crowe and dating from 1871. Pulling the boat ashore seems to show a group of Breton women pulling a fishing boat onto a beach. The composition of the picture, with multiple characters arranged in a line, is very reminiscent of other paintings by Crowe, including At the pit-door (1873) The Dinner Hour, Wigan (1874), and Nelson Leaving England for the Last Time (1888).
There are just over two weeks to go before the Delaroche exhibition closes at the National Gallery. Eyre Crowe studied at Paul Delaroche’s studio in Paris between 1839 and 1843, and accompanied him to Rome in the autumn of 1843. Unfortunately the exhibition doesn’t include any of Eyre Crowe’s work, but is worth seeing anyway!
This website replaces my old site (www.geocities.com/eyre_crowe)
It includes all the same information about Eyre Crowe and his artworks, but with a brand new look and feel.
Click on the tabs at the top to see articles relating to Eyre Crowe and his life. The ‘Pictures’ tab is the place to start to find out more about all of Eyre Crowe’s known paintings, drawings and sketches.