Copy After Oyster Gatherers
S. A. Forbes
Oil on wood
From: Angie Barrow
web mas email@example.com
Date: Sat, 7 Dec 2002
I read your correspondence on the
Oyster Gatherers of Cancale. I have an almost identical oil painting, but
signed "S A Forbes". Is this of interest?
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002
There was "Stanhope Alexander Forbes",
but his signature on canvases (either "Stanhope Forbes" or none)
does not match the "S A Forbes" on my picture.
. . . Alas, [I'm not sure if
this is by him or not] I think it is likely to be a prank by picture reproduction
people. It is too good to be true.
The really interesting thing is that
Forbes spent time in Cancale, which suggests a link between the pictures.
Editor's Note -- Stanhope
Alexander Forbes (1857-1947) was an Irish painter that studied at the Royal
Academy and then in 1880 went to Paris to continue studies for two years.
In 1881 he traveled to Cancale in Brittany where he painted what
would be his first well known work called ‘Street
In Brittany’. He would eventually become a full member of the Royal
Academy as well as the New
English Art Club.
not an expert on Stanhope
Alexander Forbes, but I wouldn't dismiss it too quickly. If the aim was
to copy an artist, it would be Sargent's name, I would think, not Forbes
which would appear on the painting -- as the original composition was in
fact by John Singer Sargent.
Date: Tue, 25 May 2004
In fact, what Forbes was able to
do in Cancale would prove to be the breakout moment for him. That he would
be closely studying Sargent who had himself gotten so much interest from
his own Cancale painting, would seem quite likely.
Street In Brittany