The White Owl
Inspired by William James Webbe
Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series
16 x 20 Oil Painting on Canvas
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Sold - On it's way to the UK
Thanks so much Steve
I was compelled to paint this painting when I heard the story
about How this painting was suddenly discovered in an attic
and just sold for almost one million dollars. How cool!
I saw this composition immediately when I read the story.
It was found in an attic so I thought it would be a great idea
to do the painting as if it were painted in an attic with Mr Owl
posing for his portrait. I had a great time with this one.
The White Owl
William James Webbe (fl.1853-1878), The White Owl, '
Alone and warming his five wits, The white owl in the belfry sits
Jane Cordery, an art teacher in Hampshire, discovered the detailed bird portrait in her attic after attempting to clean the space for a plumber. She'd never seen the ornate owl, but the painting's intricate brushwork caught her eye and she decided to e-mail a photograph of the find to Christie's auction house..
The U.K. woman contacted Christie's auction house whose experts came back with the title "The White Owl," a known work by pre-Raphaelite artist William James Webbe, and a value of £70,000 ($113,449).
Famed 19th century art critic John Ruskin described the very painting as "a careful study" with excellent brown wings.
Last week, the owl painting soared to £589,250 ($951,050) to the amazement of Cordery and her partner, James Ravenscroft, who says the artwork was a long-forgotten gift from his mother.
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