Cover image for Golden hours : the paintings of Arthur J. Elsley, 1860-1952
Title:
Golden hours : the paintings of Arthur J. Elsley, 1860-1952
Author:
Parker, Terry, 1952-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Somerset, England : R. Dennis, 1998.
Physical Description:
136 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780903685573
Format :
Book

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Central Library ND497.E45 A4 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
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Central Library ND497.E45 A4 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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Summary

Summary

Arthur J. Elsley was the most popular 'chocolate box' artist of the late Victorian and Edwardian period; over 150 of his works were reproduced as prints. Long dismissed by art historians, this genre now demands reappraisal as an important aspect of Victorian art. Its appealing qualities are extremely accessible, presenting a comfortable, idealized world of clean, smiling children that has brought pleasure to millions.

Terry Parker has interviewed Elsley's only child and principal model, whose reminiscences and anecdotes bring his work to life. Her archive of photographs of Elsley's studio and models, together with his address book, provide rare insight into the workings of this artist.

Auction houses have witnessed an astronomical rise in the popularity of Elsley's oil paintings in the last ten years: one piece sold for $220,000.00 in 1996. Modern greeting card, calendar and print companies remain eager to reproduce his images, which are still found on a wide variety of products.


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