Winter garden scene oil painting by Frank E Beresford
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A charming oil on canvas winter garden scene by Frank Ernest Beresford 1881-1967. The view is of a garden covered in snow looking out from the house. The reverse details the location as; The Vicarage Garden Heddon on the Wall and is dated April 1st 1951. The reverse also shows the painting number and the artist’s address indicating the piece was probably exhibited. The work has been professionally cleaned and is in good condition. The piece retains the original untouched silvered frame.
Frank Ernest Beresford was born in Derby in 1881 and had a long artistic education. He first studied at the Derby School of Art, then St John’s Wood Art School, and finally at the Royal Academy Schools. His talent was rewarded with a travel scholarship that took him to Asia. Returning to England from 1906 he exhibited at the Royal Academy as well as other national art galleries. In 1936, Beresford made the only painting of the princes’ keeping vigil with their father’s body overnight. It was titled ‘The Princes’ Vigil: 12.15am, January 28, 1936’ and it was bought by Queen Mary who gave it to King Edward VIII on his birthday. During World War II, Beresford was only the second person to be awarded an Exceptional Service Award from the United States Air Force, which also has some of his paintings on permanent display. Beresford was a war artist for both the American and British air forces. His portraits include those of the Spitfire designer, Reginald Joseph Mitchell. Frank Beresford’s works include two kings and a queen, and in the collection in his home county there is a portrait of George Herbert Strutt owned by Belper Town Council and a view of Dovedale in Derby Art Gallery.
This painting is a great example of the artist’s later work and has a wonderful mid-century decorative appeal.
Overall sizes in inches including frame: 20 ½ by 16 ¼
|Dimensions||3 × 52 × 41.5 cm|