Walter Charles Horsley (1855-1934)
The Coffee Shop
Signed: Walter C Horsley
Oil on Canvas 108x87 cm
As one of the remarkable British painters living in the turn of the 19th century, Walter Charles Horsley was born in London in 1855. He was the son of John Calcott Horsley. His father was an English Academic painter of genre and historical scenes, illustrator, and designer of the first Christmas card. He was a member of the artist's colony in Cranbrook.
In 1874 Walter Horsley was accepted to the Royal Academy of Arts and exhibited his works in many occasions in London. In 1878 Horsley visited Egypt, and thereafter he specialised in Orientalist jenre subjects. He was a fascinating artist on account of the entirely novel imperial themes that he developed. His famous work Old-time Tuition at Dulwich College was presented in 1920 by Sir James Leigh Wood on behalf of the relatives of the late Mr Alexander Horsburgh Turnbull, a scholar of Dulwich College from 1881 to 1884; now exhibited Headmaster's study, Dulwich College.
His second best known work is Les Français au Caire, dated 1884, now preserved in Sheffield. “Fighting his battles o’er again”, dated 1883, has been published in Popular 19th Century Painting, by Philip Hook and M Poltimore, p. 41. He passed away in London, in 1934. The painting in hand displays Horsley’s ability to observe and reflect the striking richness of daily life in the Middle East.