Masterful historical watercolour created in 1838 by famous genre painter James Stephanoff (1788 London - 1874 Bristol).
It shows scene in Rembrandt´s studio: in the presence of higher visitors and clients (from left to right) : royal(?) pair , young Van Dyck, his teacher Rubens and even Rembrandt,showing them knight armours as possible attributes for futured painting . Whole scene was arranged by the artist, who was called in his time as " Historical painter in watercolour by King Wilhelm IV" . This watercolour is typical for Epoche of Historicism. As it famous, Rembrandt never met with Rubens and Van Dyck , although Rubens had influenced Rembrandt in his work.
The author of watercolour James Stephanoff was watercolour painter and illustrator, court historical artist by King Wilhelm IY, 1819/1861- he was a member of "Old" Water-colour Society and exibited his historical works untill 1859. He illustrated Pyne´s "Royal Residences" and Nayler´s "Coronation of George IV". His works are exibited in British Museum and in Vict.&Alb.Museum in London and in the National Gallery in Bristol.
By international art auctions arrive some watercolours of James Stephanoff extreme high estimates. For example: "The Connoisseur", 51 x 70 cm was sold on 11.07.1991 by auction of Sotheby´s London for 32000 brit.pounds (57000 US$); watercolour "The ascent of the arts " was sold on 8.11.1994 by auction house Christies/London for 73.000 brit. pounds (118.256 US$).
Literature: Thieme/Becker "Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künsler", Leipzig, 1999.
Inscription: signed upper right and dated 1838, on the backside - old inscription in english.
Technique: watercolour on paper laid on stretcher , luxuriousy original period gold-plated frame
Measurements: unframed w 25 1/4 " x h 21 1/4 " (64 x 54 cm), framed w 36 1/4 " x h 32 1/4 " (92 x 82 cm )
Condition: in good condition.