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Francis Barraud 1856-1924 Oil Cottage Interior

Francis Barraud 1856-1924 Oil Cottage Interior Francis James Barraud  1856-1924 Oil Painting %%alt5%% %%alt6%%
Famous painter of the His Master's Voice Logo with his dog Nipper.

We are very pleased to offer this lovely oil painting by the famous artist Francis James Barraud, who has initialled the painting FB in the lower right hand corner and signed it verso on the stretcher. The painting depicts a cottage interior scene, with a very young child asleep in a crib, covered with a patchwork quilt. The crib in on a rug in front of the fire, on which a large iron pot is sitting. There is a steaming dish on the table to the left, with a spoon in it, possibly ready to feed the infant. To the right is a window, with wooden window seat and three geraniums and a fern in terracotta pots, on the window sill. The cottage has a beamed ceiling and a brick floor. This is a charming painting.

Francis James Barraud was born in the Hyde Park region of London on 16th June, 1856. He was the son of the well known artist Henry Barraud (1811-1874) and the nephew of the other well known artist William Barraud (1810-1850). Henry and William collaborated on many of their paintings, with Henry painting the figures and William the animals.

Francis studied at the Royal Academy Schools in South Kensington, at Heatherley's Art School in London and at the Academie de Beaux Arts in Antwerp.

He was a landscape, portrait and genre painter, primarily in oils and his most renowned work in the famous portrait of a mixed fox/bull terrier Nipper, best known as the HMV Logo or His Master's Voice. Please see the photoon google of the artist with one of the paintings of Nipper.

Nipper was a stray dog found in Bristol by Mark Barraud, Francis' older brother and was adopted by Francis after his brother's death and taken to Liverpool. Nipper spent the last year of his life with Mark's widow to keep her company and, three years after Nipper's death, Francis painted him with a cylinder phonograph. He tried to exhibit the painting at the Royal Academy but was rejected. (This is possibly the subject of another of his paintings entitled 'The President and Council Regrets') He then renamed the painting His Master's Voice, having noticed how puzzled the dog became when he tried to work out where the voice came from. Having been rejected by magazine for reproduction of the painting, he approached the Gramophone Company, who offered to buy the painting if he changed the phonograph to a Berliner Gramophone. He made the changes and the painting was delivered on 17th October 1899. He was paid £50 for the painting and £50 for the copyright.

By his death at 69 he had painted 24 copies of the painting for the various branches of the Gramophone and Victor companies around the world. The original painting hangs in the offices of EMI and it is still possible to see the original phonograph through the later layers of paint.

He lived predominately in London.

He exhibited 12 paintings at the Royal Academy, 17 at The Royal Oil Painters Institute and 4 at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, as well as in the provinces.

He died on 29th August 1924 and is buried in Hampstead Cemetery in London.

His biographical information is widely available on the internet, in The Dictionary of British Artists (Collectors' Club), The Dictionary of Victorian Painters by Christopher Wood, and The Dictionary of British Artists by Grant M. Waters.

Auction results for his paintings can be found at the usual sites and the record price for one of his oils (36" x 28" was in 1995 at Sotheby's which achieved £12,000.

There are 6 of his paintings in the National Collection, 2 at the Wellcome Library, 2 at the Royal Veterinary College, 1 at Southward Art Collection and 1 in the National Museums of Liverpool.

The painting is framed in what is possibly its original 3 1/2" ornate gilt frame and will be supplied wired and ready to hang.

Image size 25 1/4" x 17 3/8" - 64.1cm x 44.1cm

Frame size 32 3/8" x 24 3/8" - 94.9cm x 61.9cm

Medium Oils on canvas

Condition Very good condition. The canvas is unlined and has two very small repairs, as shown. The canvas is clean and taut and there is no craquelure or paint loss. There are very slight stretcher marks consistent with age. The frame is in good condition for its age with no significant losses to the plaster.

PriceSOLD PeriodLate Victorian Antiques MaterialOil Painting on Canvas OriginEnglish ArtistFrancis Barraud Item codeas237a695 StatusSold

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