25 Blythe Road Harry Moore-Gwyn - Auction of Pictures from a Private London Club - Wednesday 5th April 2017
*SIR JOSEPH NOEL PATON, R.S.A. (1821-1900) BOTTOM AND THE FAIRIES, A SCENE FROM 'A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S
DREAM' oil on board 55 cm by 83 cm; 22 in by 32 in framed Exhibited Brighton, Brighton Art Gallery, Follies and Fantasies, 5th May-31st August 1971, No.46 Provenance The Fine Art Society, London Shakespeare's enduringly popular comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream was to become the subject of many of Paton's most celebrated works, amongst them The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania which is now in the National Galleries of Scotland. The painting was a favourite of Lewis Carroll and was displayed at the Paris Exhibition of 1850 as a significant example of British art of its date. Today Paton is remembered as one of the great exponents of the Victorian Fairy painting tradition and his subjects in this vein are steeped in folklore and mysticism, nowhere more than in this evocative depiction of another part of the same Shakespeare play. Paton is often referred to as the Scottish Pre-Raphaelite, having turned down an invitation from John Everett Millais to join the brotherhood. He was one of Queen Victoria's favourite artists, receiving a knighthood and being appointed the Queen's Limner for Scotland in 1865.