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George Wooliscroft Rhead (1854-1920)

Posted on Daniel Goddard's Blog

A small painting by George Wooliscroft Rhead, to be sold in our Winter 2014 FIne Art Auction on 21st January 2014, with the same title as the artist’s masterwork, Sacrifice to Neptune.  

George Wooliscroft Rhead's masterwork Sacrifice to Neptune [92 x 204cm] was exhibited at The New Gallery in 1904. The themes in the painting are Authority, Retribution, Vanity, Love, Trust, Innocence, Beauty and Renaissance and Rhead draws inspiration from the ancient Greco-Roman story of Perseus and Andromeda who was offered as a sacrifice to calm Neptune's rage caused by her parents, the King and Queen of Ethiopia, who proclaimed their child Andromeda was more beautiful than all the daughters of Neptune. To appease him and calm the storms and floods engulfing the Kingdom, the price was her sacrifice, and so Beauty and Love are offered up to satisfy a vengeful God.

George Wooliscroft Rhead was taught by the Pre-Raphaelite founder Ford Maddox Brown. Few paintings by the artist appear on the market but there are a number of small paintings with the same title as the masterwork A Sacrifice to Neptune, this being one which we will sell on 21st January 2014 along with other works by GW Rhead, his brothers Frederick Alfred Rhead and Louis Rhead and his niece Charlotte Rhead.

Rhead was a member of the Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers, creating hundreds of illustrations and prints which provided the major part of his income. He exhibited at various venues including the Dudley Gallery, Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, The International Society,  The Liverpool Walker Art Gallery,  The London Salon, The Royal Academy and The Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers.

He married the Scottish artist Annie French [for whom we have an etching in the same sale FS21] and taught at the Putney School of Art from 1896. In 1916, he was living at Doune Lodge Putney which is the address on the backboard to this painting.

 

 

A sacrifice to Neptune (FS21/261)


  

21 January 2014

Lot FS21/261

George Woolliscroft Rhead [1854-1920]

A Sacrifice to Neptune

signed and inscribed on the backboard

further inscribed with artists address Doune Lodge, Oxford Rd , Putney, SW

watercolour heightened with bodycolour

16 x 39cm.

Estimate £800-£1,200

 

 



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This article was originally published on Daniel Goddard's Blog on Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:10:25 GMT.

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Daniel Goddard BA(Hons) ASFAVDaniel Goddard BA(Hons) ASFAV

Daniel Goddard is a Director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. He is also Head of the Picture Department.

Daniel Goddard was educated at The Kings Grammar School, Ottery St Mary and The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was commissioned in 1982 serving in Northern Ireland, The Falklands and Canada and in the 1990s completed an Open University degree in Art History and Humanities.

In 1988, he worked in Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand and attended The Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. On his return to East Devon, Daniel joined Lawrences in Crewkerne as a saleroom porter and progressed to valuation and rostrum work.

In 1996, Daniel joined Bearne's in Torquay to head the Works of Art Department and transferred to Head of the Picture Department in 2000. He continues to run this busy department in the merged firm of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

Daniel Goddard has been a director of the firm since 1999 and is an experienced valuer and auctioneer with a good broad range of knowledge and specialist expertise in paintings. He was responsible for the organisation and cataloguing of the two major sales of paintings by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), which raised in excess of £3 million.


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