Signed & dated 1871
Oil on canvas 30″ x 20″
ARTHUR HILL RBA
There was little a nineteenth century audience loved more than a portrait of a pretty girl, and Arthur Hill RBA was one of the superstars of the genre. As well as being a highly talented and accomplished painter of landscapes, he also created adorable paintings of children. He was renowned, too, for his paintings of female neo-classical figures in the style of Alma-Tadema.
Sunday Best is an interesting example of Arthur Hill’s work – it depicts a young girl, still a child holding her doll but on the cusp of adolescence. It is a thoughtful painting that captures the sense of the girl maturing – in an act of rebellion she has cast her hat to the ground.
Arthur Hill was a Member of the Society of British Artists, and exhibited widely: at Suffolk Street, The Royal Academy and The British Institution.
© Sutcliffe Galleries 2012