Go Away Sir!

Arthur Elsley

TitleGo Away Sir!
ArtistArthur Elsley
Paper Size (W x H)22 x 28 ins
Edition Size50
Price £330.00 Excluding VAT

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During the middle of the nineteenth century, genre paintings with domestic life subjects became popular in England. The new affluent middle class favoured in particular genre paintings that depicted scenes of children with their pets in playful settings. Arthur John Elsley was one of the most popular English artists who depicted such childhood scenes in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods.

Go Away Sir is signed and dated 1891. It depicts a young girl sitting on the floor, who has just got out of the bath. She is trying to dry herself whilst her dog is trying to pull the towel from her. This is the only Elsley work to feature a pug. The friendly, playful expression of the girl shows she is not angry but enjoying the tug of war with her dog.

The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.

About the Artist

Arthur Elsley

Arthur John Elsley was a fine example of this phenomenon of Victorian animal art. He was born on the 20th November 1860 in London, the son of John Elsley, a coachman, and one of a family of six. His father was an amateur artist who had exhibited an oil painting entitled “A Group of Horses” at the British Institution Exhibition in 1845.

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