MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER
By JAMES ARCHER

MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER
By JAMES ARCHER, R.S.A. (1823-1904)
IN THE GUILDHALL ART GALLERY, LONDON

For many years the work of James Archer was extremely popular, though to-day it is hardly so well known as it deserves, public knowledge of his pictures being mainly limited to the present subject, to a couple of paintings in the Glasgow Art Gallery (a classical subject and a portrait of John Francis Ure), and to his diploma picture, " Rosalind and Celia," from Shakespeare's " As You Like It," which hangs in the National Gallery of Scotland at Edinburgh. He was the son of a dentist, and was born in Edinburgh, where he was educated at the High School. He studied art at the Trustees' Academy of that city, and when he was eighteen years of age he exhibited his first picture at the Royal Scottish Academy. From that time his paintings were an almost annual feature of the Scottish Academy until the time of his death.

First of all he turned his attention to portrait work executed in crayon, varied by subject pictures which attracted such attention that in 1850 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, becoming a full Academician eight years later. He removed to London in 1864, having in the meantime produced a large number of subject pictures dealing with historical and romantic subjects. After that time, however, he devoted himself largely to portrait work again, visiting America and India in the course of his profession. In the later years of his life, he took up his favourite style of painting once more, depicting scenes from the Bible. history, and ballad poetry.

" My Great Grandmother," therefore, is an example of the work by which he attained considerable fame, and from which, it is to be presumed, he derived his most lucrative commissions.

From the book "Famous Paintings" Volume 2 printed in 1913.

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Famous Paintings in this Series





James Archer
My Great Grandmother


Bashkirtseff
The Meeting


Bouguereau
Charity


John Brett
From the Dorsetshire Cliffs


Arnesby Brown
The River Bank


Joseph Clark
Mother's Darling


John Constable
The Hay-Wain


Jean Baptiste Camille
Corot
The Fisherman's Hut


Jean Baptiste Camille
Corot
A Flood


Leonardo Da Vinci
Monna Lisa


Edouard Detaille
The Dream


Henri Fantin-Latour
Flowers


Thomas Gainsborough
Queen Charlotte


Thomas Gainsborough
The Market Cart


Jean Baptiste Greuze
The Head of a Girl


Jean Baptiste Greuze
Fidelity


James Clark Hook
Home With the Tide


Alfred William Hunt
Windsor Castle


Josef Israels
The Shipwrecked Mariner


B.W. Leader
The Stream in Summer-time


Madame Vigee Le Brun
Portrait of the Artist

Alphonse Legros
A Canal With a Fisherman


Anton Mauve
Watering Horses


J.L.E. Meissonier
The Cavalier


Sir J.E. Millais
Speak! Speak!


Sir J.E. Mallais
My First Sermon


George Morland
The Reckoning


George Morland
The Inside of a Stable


Murillo
The Immaculate Conception
of the Virgin


Alfred Parsons
When Nature Painted
All Things Gay


Ralph Peacock
The Sisters


Rembrandt
Syndics of the
Cloth Merchants' Guild


Guido Reni
"Ecce Homo"


Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Mrs. Richard Hoare
With Her Infant Son


Briton Riviere
The Temptation
in the Wilderness


Dante Gabriel
Rossetti
Day Dreams


John Singer Sargent
Miss Ellen Terry
as Lady Macbeth


Lady Stanley
(Dorothy Tennant)
His First Offence


Jan Steen
Grace Before Meat


Marcus Stone
On the Road from
Waterloo to Paris


Constant Troyon
Watering Cattle


H.S. Tuke
"All Hands to the Pumps"


Velazquez
King Philip IV. of Spain


S.E. Waller
Sweethearts and Wives


Thomas Webster
The Smile

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