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Andrew Carrick Gow (1848-1920)

Biography of painter Andrew Carrick Gow (1848-1908)

Andrew Carrick Gow RA (1848-1920) was a British artist who painted scenes from British and European history as well as lesser works of portrait and genre subjects.

Gow was born in London in 1848 and studied at Heatherley's School of Art. He was a regular exhibiter at the Royal Academy from 1867, being elected an associate in 1880 and a full RA in 1890.

In 1900, Gow visited Egypt and used his sketches to compose the scene for his famous Death of the Mahdi. His works are frequently of a very large scale, finely detailed and exhaustively researched. In later life, he became Keeper of the Royal Academy.

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Lot FS21/400

Lot FS21/400: Andrew Carrick Gow [1848-1920] - A Roman Triumph

Andrew Carrick Gow [1848-1920] - A Roman Triumph - signed AC Gow and dated 1905 bottom right exhibition labels on reverse, one giving artists address as 30, Grove End Road, London oil on canvas 90 x 182cm This magnificent 'tour de force' painting by Gow depicts a Roman Triumph processing through the Arch of Titus; you can just make out the Coliseum in the background, the main temple (the large columns of which you can clearly see) is quite possibly that of the very large Venus and Roma. The route of all Imperial triumphs, from around the end of the Flavian Dynasty, came in through this way (up the Via Sacra), so identifying the specific Emperor in the work requires further research. The Arch of Titus depicts the spoils from the Siege of Jerusalem and was erected by Domitian around 82AD, shortly after the death of his older brother Titus, in order to commemorate Titus's victories including that of the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD. We are grateful to Freddie Scadgell B A., MA for his help in cataloguing this lot.

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000
Realised: £15,000