John George Brown (New York, California, 1831-1913) oil on canvas painting depicting a young girl with brown hair seated on the grass under a tree and wearing a white dress, with a red ribbon in her hair, holding a bunch of flowers in her right hand. Additional flowers are in a straw hat, foreground, and a path leads to a picket fence with a row of trees in the background. Signed and dated "J. G. Brown 1871" lower right. Housed in a newer molded gilt wood frame with off white linen liner. Sight – 17 3/8" H x 11 1/2" W. Framed – 26 1/2" H x 20 1/2" W. Third quarter 19th century. Provenance: Dr. Joseph and Mrs. Josephine Lavecchia estate, Chattanooga, TN. Biography: John George Brown was a British citizen and an American painter born in Durham, England. He studied at Newcastle-on-Tyne, in the Edinburgh Academy, and at the schools of the National Academy of Design after moving to New York in 1853. In 1866 he became one of the charter members of the Water-Colour Society, of which he was president from 1887 to 1904. He generally confined himself to representations of street child life, bootblacks, newsboys, etc., exemplified in his "Passing Show" (Paris, Salon, 1877) and "Street Boys at Play" (Paris Exhibition, 1900) one man exhibitions. (source: 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volume 4, Brown, John George). CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Painting has been relined.
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