|Title||'A Call to Duty'|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Frame||127 x 149 cm / 50 x 58 1/2 in|
|Period||Pre Raphaelite, 19th c.|
|Frame||Set in heavy commensurate gilt frame|
|Condition||Good commensurate with age. Craquelure to the surface. Relined. High quality re-leafed frame. Ready to hang|
We are very pleased to offer a grand unattributed Pre Raphaelite oil painting dating from the mid nineteenth century
Titled 'A Call to Arms' it is a moving painting showing a country man preparing to undertake military duty during the English Civil War
He is being dressed for battle by his children; with his son pulling tight the leather straps of his breastplate and his daughter sewing the lining to his helmet. He stands within his dwelling, his head is painted in profile, as he looks into the distance. The expression on his face is resolute but aware of the danger to come. The subject of the painting is in contrast to the rural idyll seen from the door.
The painting dates from the mid nineteenth century. It is unsigned and without an attribution to an artist. It is very finely painted with great character, sharp contrasts in colour and fine detail.
Set in superb carved richly gilded frame.
An impressive statement piece or fine work of art for the grand residence.
It was purchased from Astley House Fine Art in Moreton-in-Marsh early 2000's for £12,500 and was hung in St Peter's Manor, Droitwich Spa.
UK mainland delivery included.
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