By JOSEPH CLARK (1834-1926)

Mr. Clark was born at Cerne Abbas, in Dorsetshire, in 1834, and when he was about 13 years of age migrated to London. He received his first art education at the gallery of the late J. I. Leigh in Newman Street, now Heatherley's, afterwards entering the Academy Schools. In 1857, when he was 23, he exhibited "The Sick Child," a pathetic picture which indicated the bent of his mind. Since that time he has produced pictures which have called forth not only popular applause, but have gained him the reputation of being a master of his craft in all that concerns the construction of a picture, especially in the skill with which he conveys his story and concentrates the interest upon its central figures. This effect is gained not merely by clever construction, but by a wise discrimination which, while it omits nothing vital, rejects superfluous details in favour of essentials. Above all, his pictures are noteworthy for the gentle thought and feeling which reveal the creations of his mind in a mood that is at once sweet and tender.

"Mother's Darling" was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1885, and was purchased for the nation under the terms of the Chantrey Bequest. It is typical of the painter's work. "I am always much interested in children," he says," and their pathetic expression when they are ill appeals very strongly to me."

The picture was painted in the artist's garden-studio in the Camden Road. The artist's wife posed for the mother, while his little girl served as the model for the sick child.

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

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James Archer
My Great Grandmother

The Meeting


John Brett
From the Dorsetshire Cliffs

Arnesby Brown
The River Bank

Joseph Clark
Mother's Darling

John Constable
The Hay-Wain

Jean Baptiste Camille
The Fisherman's Hut

Jean Baptiste Camille
A Flood

Leonardo Da Vinci
Monna Lisa

Edouard Detaille
The Dream

Henri Fantin-Latour

Thomas Gainsborough
Queen Charlotte

Thomas Gainsborough
The Market Cart

Jean Baptiste Greuze
The Head of a Girl

Jean Baptiste Greuze

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

The Immaculate Conception
of the Virgin

Alfred Parsons
When Nature Painted
All Things Gay

Ralph Peacock
The Sisters

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
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"

King Philip IV. of Spain

S.E. Waller
Sweethearts and Wives

Thomas Webster
The Smile

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