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Object of the Week – John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, ‘The Pine Woods at Viareggio’

John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, ‘The Pine Woods at Viareggio’

Tempura on canvas
Unframed   W 108cm    H 132cm
Framed    W 140cm   H 165cm   D: 14cm


This painting by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829-1908) depicts three young girls on a trip to the woods to collect firewood and pine cones, with other groups in the distance. In wonderful condition, the painting is in its original carved gilt frame, and has been re-lined.

Stanhope initially trained under GF Watts and accompanied him to Italy in 1857, where he was greatly inspired. He worked on the Oxford Union murals with Rosetti and Burne-Jones and regularly exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery. Stanhope settled outside Florence in 1873, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

Literature: The Grosvenor Gallery: A Palace of Art in Victorian England, Susan P Casteras, Yale University Press.

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