Friday, March 22, 2013

Who painted this? #21

Who painted this? #21
I really like looking at this artist's genre paintings.  They always seem to have an element of humour - although I'm not always sure I understand the humour.

How to participate in "Who painted this? #19"

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In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer
  • search using words only on a database of images
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
  • if wrong it will be published
  • do not leave the answer on Facebook!
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know

Who Painted This #20 - The Answer

The Trafalgar Tavern by James Tissot
dry point engraving
  • Title of the artwork: The Trafalgar Tavern
  • Name of the artist who created this artwork: James Tissot
  • Date it was created: 1878
  • Media used: dry point engraving
  • Where it lives now: Various - including the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich
Here's the description from the
A view west from a dining table in the eastern ground-floor bay window of the Trafalgar Tavern (built 1837). The artist has his back to the river and an undisturbed table setting of cutlery, three glasses and cruet before him on the white cloth, with part of another setting visible on the other side of the table. Through the framing open window, he looks towards a group of four top-hatted gentlemen sitting outside in the small balcony of the western bay, and children on the foreshore.
I know it reasonably well - as it's located in Greenwich just across the Thames from where I live.  Here's my sketch of Trafalgar Tavern and low tide on the Thames

This is a link to the Trafalgar Tavern as it is today

The correct answers


This was a bit more difficult than I expecting - and didn't generate many entries.

I started to give clues
  1. First clue: This is a drawing of a view from inside a building which I have sketched. 
  2. My next clue was "It isn't who you think it is!" - in response to somebody why thought it might be Whistler. Whistler of course did a whole suite of etchings of London and the Thames 
  3. Third clue: It's not a drawing (ie therefore it must be a fine art print which limits this to artists who produced prints from their artwork) 
  4. Fourth clue OK - it's not James Whistler but is by somebody who was making at at the same time as Whistler...and it is in London, near a river.....

    (I maybe need to watch how I phrase things a bit more carefully)

    By midweek we had two submissions which came in pretty close to one another.

    Congratulations to Zoya of Step, Skip, Pause
    Title: Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich
    Artist: Jacques-Joseph (James) Tissot
    Location: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
    Date: 1878
    Technique: drypoint, etching
    I knew it was a picture of the pub by the river in Greenwich as I took a photo of that Bay window last year from the opposite side, so I searched for "art greenwich bay window river" and quickly found the name of the artist and the name of the etching. Date and media were a bit harder to find.
    Plus commiserations to Linda Warner Constantino for just missing out