William Gale

'The Emir's Daughter'

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‘The Emir’s Daughter’
Oil on Canvas 24″ x 20″

William Gale
British 1823-1909


William Gale was a London painter of historical, mythological and biblical genre and portraits.. William Gale was a student of the Royal Academy Schools and he exhibited there annually there between 1844 and 1893, although he was never elected a member. He is also loosely associated with both the Pre-Raphaelites and the Orientalists.

‘The Orient is extraordinary…It escapes conventions, it lies outside all disciplines, it transposes, it inverts everything..’

Like many artists of the day William Gale was intrigued by the orient and upon completing his studies at the Royal Academy Schools, set out to explore far-off lands, namely Syria, Palestine and Algeria. These remote countries captivated his imagination with a trove of mystery, paradox and new artistic challenges.

The Emir’s Daughter is a delightful study of young girl, demurely clothed in traditional eastern dress holding her pet kitten – cats are thought to have originated in the Middle East, before later  being introduced into Europe. William Gale is very much influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites with their extraordinary attention to detail, and his ability to paint skin tones and features, highlighted by light and shade is clearly illustrated this charming painting. With the simplicity of the composition, the faraway look on the child’s face, William Gale has produced a charming study of childhood innocence and hypnotic quietude.

As well as exhibiting at the Royal Academy, William Gale exhibited at the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists. Works by William Gale can be found in The Tate London, the National Portrait Gallery, Glasgow Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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