Arthur Quartley (NY/Maryland/England/France, 1839 – 1886) oil on canvas titled "A Summer Afternoon," depicting sailing vessels and a rocky seashore in the background, with fishermen in a boat in the foreground. Signed and dated "A Quartley 1878" lower right. Housed in a giltwood and composition cove molded and fluted frame. Sight – 12 1/8" H x 23 1/2" W. Framed – 18 1/2" H x 29 1/8" W. Provenance: Property of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Biography (Courtesy of AskArt: The Artists' Bluebook): Arthur Quartley, N.A., was best known for his marine paintings. He spent his childhood in France and England. In 1851, following the death of his mother, he was taken to America by his father, artist Frederick William Quartley. The family settled in Baltimore, where they founded a design firm, and Quartley began painting marine scenes of Chesapeake Bay. In 1875 Arthur Quartley opened a studio in New York. With the Hudson River School on the wane, other groups were forming, among them the Tilers, of whom Quartley was a founding member. The group of artists and writers included such luminaries as Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase, and Augustus Saint Gaudens. Quartley spent his summers on the Isle of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire, painting numerous marine scenes. Admired for his treatment of light and color, he was elected an Associate of the National Academy in 1879 and an Academician in 1886. Condition: 2" repaired tear to sky area, wax relining, some yellowing to varnish.
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