The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Friday, January 21, 2011

Francis Humphrey William Woolrych (1868-1941) Semi-Nude Boy, Male Nudes, The Thorn Picker - From The Antique

Francis Humphrey William Woolrych (1868-1941) was born in Australia to English parents. He studied fine arts at the Royal Academy of Berlin and later at the Academe des Beaux Arts in Paris in the late 1880's. It was in Paris that he met his wife, Bertha Hewitt, a distinguished artist in her own right. Following their years in Europe, they came to St. Louis where they made their home. His speciality was nudes, landscapes, and portraits.
These five beautiful 19th century drawings came into my collection from a seller in California who had apparently bought a number of drawings from the estate of a relative of the artist. The relative had stored them for years and his or her heirs decided to liquidate their holdings of the artist's drawings. I was fortunate enough to outbid a long stream of bidders on these five really gorgeous drawings. They are from Woolrych's student years in Paris during the latter part of the 19th century (1880's). All are student works of crayon on paper with the exception of the Thorn Picker which is pencil on paper. Enjoy.

Here are a few examples of his other works:

wardrobe .. Paintings attributed to the Artist

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