From our European Collection, a wonderful signed and dated (1860) oil on canvas entitled "The Offering" by British genre painting master John Bagnold Burgess (1830-1897). Burgess was a well -accomplished painter of the mid-late 19th century, regarded as highly in his own time, as he is nowadays. He was nominated to membership of the Royal Academy in 1889, where he had over 70 paintings displayed from about 1850 all the way through to his death in 1897. His works have been displayed at over 40 major art institutions over the years, and his pieces fetch premium prices on the auction circuit. Burgess came from a long lineage of painters in his family, but developed his own particular fascination and style with Spain after first traveling there in 1859. Spain and snapshots of everyday moments in Spanish life are themes ever-present throughout many of his works, and this came to define his oeuvre. This particular painting is important in this regard, as it may be the very first of this style -- or is at least one of his earliest known Spanish themed works. Signed "J.B.B. 1860" lower right corner.
Size and Condition: Framed size is 40 inches tall by 33 inches wide. Unframed image size is 32 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Excellent overall condition, UV light suggests possible small random areas of re-touching but nothing significant at all. Great color retention, great presence.