By JAMES ARCHER, R.S.A. (1823-1904)

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

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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