Sir John Arnesby Brown
  • Early evening in Nottingham city centre -
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    Signed with monogram and dated l.l.: AB/87

    Oil on canvas, 35 by 23 1/2 ins (89 by 59.5 cm)

    This rare early work is a product of Arnesby Brown?s time studying in his home town at Nottingham School of Art in the late 1880s. Even at this date Brown revealed himself to be far ahead of many of his contemporaries in his approach to subject matter. Rather than a tightly painted topographical record of the city, he presents us with an already impressionistic and highly evocative view of an industrial city centre, together with the restless bustle of its street life. The work is rich with contemporary references ? the wall of advertisements in the background referring to a performance by one of the most lauded sopranos of the century, Adelina Patti, on a tour to Nottingham?s recently opened theatre with Gilbert and Sullivan?s The Mikado (one of the duo?s most successful operettas). Brown painted a comparable street scene of Nottingham centre Waiting to Hear the Results (Great Notts. v. Surrey Match, Nottingham, August 1892), however his later views of Nottingham tended to observe the city from the distance. Brown?s later work largely focused on the East Anglian countryside.

     

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