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AN EXQUISITE PAINTED PANEL BY JOHN GREGORY CRACE

English. Circa 1850

Measurements

Height: 125" (317.5 cm)
Width: 36" (91.5 cm).

Research
Of oil and gouache on a gilded ground, on canvas. The unframed panel of arched form is centered by a painted Greek key framed roundel of Venus seated in a shell. The gilded ground is overpainted with burnt umber triangles upon which is painted a system of ornament including griffons, birds, putti, fruits and multicolored flowers and foliage. The outer border self-framed within a continuous Vitruvian scroll pattern. Inscription at the bottom added by Emie A. Shields in 1914.

Marks:
Inscribed at the bottom:
Emie A. Shields. Decorator, London. 1914.

Published:
A watercolor elevation of the panel in its setting is published “The industrial arts of the nineteenth century: a series of illustrations of the choicest specimens produced by every nation, at the Great Exhibition of Works of Industry, 1851,” Plate CXLI, by Matthew Digby Wyatt.

This painted arabesque panel was designed by John Gregory Crace and exhibited at the Great Exhibition, London, in 1851. The panel was illustrated by Matthew Digby Wyatt in “The industrial arts of the nineteenth century: a series of illustrations of the choicest specimens produced by every nation, at the Great Exhibition of Works of Industry, 1851,” Plate CXLI (figure 1). Messrs. Jackson and Sons executed the border of composition ornament that surrounded the panel.

John Gregory Crace (1809-1889) was a third-generation member of this prominent family, founders of the most important firm of London interior decorators in the nineteenth century. “They worked for every British monarch from George III to Queen Victoria and on a range of buildings that included royal palaces, Leeds Town Hall and the Great Exhibition building of 1862.”1 John Gregory was the grandson of John C. Crace (1754-1819), who had carried out extensive work at Carlton House, and the son of Frederick Crace (1779-1859), who completed numerous decorative works at the Royal Pavilion and Windsor Castle.

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.