Charles Wellington Furse

Sight-Size-Furse

At age 16, Charles Wellington Furse, ARA (1868-1904) became a student of Alphonse Legros at the Slade school, London. Later, he attended the Académie Julian in Paris. He was a painter of portraits and figure subjects, lecturer and writer on art. His manner was free and original and he was particularly adept at painting horses. In the image above, the artist is shown painting Mr. and Mrs. Oliver fishing the river Laerdel in Norway. He used the village gymnasium at Laerdel for a studio in August, 1903.

Furse-SirFrancisMowattCharles Wellington Furse, Portrait of Sir Francis Mowatt, from the Government Art Collection, UK.

“Heavily built and square-shouldered, he looked so robust, in his knickerbockers and tweeds, with big biceps and full calves. There was a suggestion of Rembrandt in his massive head, with its small, humorous eyes; and he wore a short moustache and tuft under his lip. Pugnacious, argumentative, ever trailing a coat, he was the joy of his friends, of whom no man had more.”
-Sir William Rothenstein, Men and Memories (1931), Vol I, p. 173.

Furse-DianaOfTheUplandsCharles Wellington Furse, Diana of the Uplands, from the Tate, London.

For an interesting biography on Furse, look here.

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