Object Description

Herbert ‘William’ Weekes
British, (1842-1904)
Unwanted Guest
Oil on canvas, signed
Image size: 12 inches x 16 inches
Size including frame: 18 inches x 20 inches

Object Literature

Herbert ‘William’ Weekes was born in Pimlico in 1842 the son of the sculptor Henry Weekes (1807-1877). He was the brother of the Henry Weekes Jnr (fl. 1850–1884) and Frederick Weekes (1833–1920) both of whom were also artists.

He married artist Caroline Anne Henshaw in 1865 and in the same year started exhibiting at the Royal Academy, British Institute and Suffolk Street. He also exhibited at many provincial art galleries including the Walker Art Gallery, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and the Manchester Art Gallery. He lived and worked for most of his life in London, at 21 Oppidans Road, Primrose Hill. Weekes also contributed illustrations for The Illustrated London News in 1883. He went by his middle name of William and frequently signed his works with this initial or name.

Weekes specialised in humorous pictures of animals and particularly excellent are his farmyard animals, often posed in human situations. He was one of a few talented artists who transformed animal painting of the 19th century from a record of beasts to something approaching a reflection of the human condition bringing him a popularity which continues to this day. A number of his works can be found in private and public art collections including The Hepworth Museum, Wakefield.

The painting is housed in a new English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.

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