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Code: 2201


W: 75cm (29.5")H: 70cm (27.6")


Arthur David McCormick (British, 1860-1943)

'' The Bard ''

Oil on canvas

29.5 x 27.5 in / 75 x 70 cm framed approx

Provenance: Sotheby's London, 24th June 1978, Lot 145

Mardon, Son & Hall stock number 14599

A fine oil on canvas portrait of a 17th century cavalier singing and playing the guitar by the important genre and historical scene painter Arthur David McCormick. A leading example of the artists work, that was sold at Sotheby's London in 1978. Housed in a period ornate gilt frame

Excellent condition, ready to hang


Having studied at the Royal College of Art, Arthur David McCormick first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1889 and in 1891 was a founding member of the Chelsea Arts Club, along with his flat mate Frank Brangwyn.

In 1927 the tobacco manufacturers, John Player & Sons, commissioned him to paint the now instantly recognisable head and shoulders portrait of a sailor on their cigarette packets. Interestingly, John Player & Sons were part of Imperial Tobacco Group, as were Mardon, Son & Hall, for which there is a stock stamp verso.

McCormick is represented, among other places, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum, National Museum of Wales, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Grundy Art Gallery and Newport Museum.