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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Favorite Paintings


I've always shared a love of old Victorian paintings, in particular paintings that depict scenes of children with their pets in playful settings.
The popular work of English artist Sir Arthur Elsley ( 1860-1952 ) being one of my most favorites.

All of his paintings feature children with animals, dogs, horses, kittens and puppies, and are true to life situations.
His works were so popular during his lifetime that many of his paintings were reproduced as prints, and were often used in calendars, advertisements, books and magazines.

Playtime


A Helping Hand


Hard Pressed Time To Get Up


Wait A Minute

14 comments:

Kay G. said...

Yes, please put the kettle on!
And I recognize these paintings from Pear's soap advertisements. And I am not even English! xx

Country Gal said...

They are lovely that's for sure !My mum had one of a little girl and her pony soo cute, my sister has it now the horse women that she is ! Thanks for sharing . Have a wonderful evening. !

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We are with you- they are such beautiful paintings!
love
tweedles

Terry said...

Of course I love these! I have a copy of a Victorian print of two little girls feeding apples to a pony. It's in the same style...I will do a little research and see if it's by the same artist.

megan blogs said...

I love these. They seem as if they'll come alive at any moment.

DeniseinVA said...

Some of my favorites too. Delightful and sweet images.

Janneke said...

O such fun, I also love the prints of Arthur Elsley. You show some beautiful ones. What a coincidence, on my last blogpost "Autumn Dinner Party", I also showed a reproduction of A. Elsley: the fox hunting in a school class.
Have a nice weekend,
Janneke

DJan said...

They have a Rockwell feeling of secure and happy times. Thank you, Jo, for sharing these with me. I gazed at them all for a long time. :-)

Nellie said...

I've enjoyed these paintings as I have not been familiar with Elsley's work before.

Have a marvelous week-end, Jo!

Doc said...

These are wonderful, we have a couple of his prints hanging in the library.

rusty duck said...

They're all good.. but I like the top one especially.

Bernideen said...

Please come link this to my open house blog party! Some of the children in Arthur's pictures were still living in the early 90's - elderly. I have sold them for years but recently Gallery Graphics has closed. Sad.

Ruthie Miller said...

These are so beautiful-charming in every way and the details so superb. Thanks for sharing. You left me wanting more!
Love all the pictures on your sidebar too. Love them!
Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

Cozy in Texas said...

There's so much to be read in those expressions and the colors and beautifully subtle.
Ann