Your clues this week are:
- The artist was English, active in the second half of the 19th-century, and the coddled, precious, only child of two painters.
- The artist had always gotten away with murder, so it must have seemed like a viable plan to elope as a teenager. Alas, the artist had seriously underestimated just how angry parents can be, and was summarily disinherited. Now, I've seen a bit of photographic evidence that strongly suggests -- and in no way is this meant unkindly -- there weren't going to be schools and schools of fish in the Sea of Romance. Eloping? Not the worst decision in this case.
- When the Pre-Raphaelites were all the rage our artist was not a fan, and instead stuck with the history painting, genre scenes, and portraits the Royal Academy (and paying clients) preferred.
- The work seen here can best be described as a history painting because it references a 15th-century story involving the sons of the King, the Duke of York, the Earl of March, the Earl of Cambridge, and the Earl of Ulster. Four-hundred years later in the 19th-century, our artist was in the midst of a new story involving royal sons -- and daughters. Her Imperial Majesty The Queen-Empress Victoria was fond of the painter, fond of her nine children, and fond of having their portraits painted ... and painted ... and painted. That may sound extravagant, but remember the woman had one palace, two castles, and a vacation "house" twice the size of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Thousands of blank household walls from the Isle of Wight to the Scottish Highlands (all screaming for design solutions) kept a lot of artists gainfully employed.
Last Week's Answer:
There was a low turnout for last week's clues, which hopefully means lots of you were off getting some well-deserved R&R. Deb, however, kept me company with a prompt "Charles DeMuth" (the correct artist) and the winning squash "patty pan!" Have you ever tried those little morsels of wonderfulness, stuffed patty pans? Delicious, dead simple, and darned handy when all of your summer squash starts coming in on the same day. (No kidding. If you don't believe me, I double dog dare you to grow six hills of zucchini some year.) Bon appétit, Deb, and thank you for playing!