‘He Rests His Case’
Oil on panel 16″ x 12″
John Arthur Lomax RBA
Born in Manchester in 1857, John Arthur Lomax was a painter of historical genre, with a dramatic or humorous theme. He studied at the Munich Academy, which was a big influence on his work. The Munich painters of the nineteenth century were renowned for their carefully selected subjects, meticulous detail and fine brushwork quality.
He Rests his Case is a wonderful example of John Arthur Lomax’s oeuvre. The painting depicts an elderly lawyer, who has dozed off while perusing his books – hence the title He Rests his Case! He is seated in a comfortable wing chair, with his face resting on his hand, one foot on the footstool, the other on the rug and the open book on his knee, as he takes ‘forty winks’. Sunlight streams in from the open window, illuminating the scene – it’s a moment captured in time, a scene of contented solitude. The artist has used a palette of rich red and brown tones, to create the warmth the painting and contrasted this with the fresh green foliage seen through the open window, producing a most delightful painting.
After completing his studies and working with fellow artists in Munich, John Arthur Lomax returned to England and worked in his home city of Manchester and also in London, where he exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Suffolk Street Galleries and he was elected RBA. The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool has six of John Arthur Lomax’s paintings.
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