Fine Primitive Folk Art Soldier's Valentine
John Smith Together with a Lady in a Blue Dress
Pen, Ink and Watercolour on Paper
English, Inscribed "John Smith", c.1830
8.25" high x 5.5" wide (framed)
Comparative Literature: James Ayres, "English Naïve Painting 1750-1900"; pub. Thames and Hudson, 1980. Page 34 and 35 illustrate and describes a similar example depicting Joseph Pestell with his wife and child.
Provenance: The Estate of Sir John Smith and Lady Smith
A delightful and engaging "Soldier's Valentine" portrait of John Smith and a Lady in a Blue Dress. This engagingly naïve pen, ink and watercolour drawing depicts the couple standing arm in arm, in a stylised landscape, before a mansion house, with the name "John Smith" inscribed below. There is some evidence of minor staining and discolouration to the paper, but no discernible deterioration. The work retains its seemingly original moulded and ebonised frame and good colouring with little evidence of significant fading. This is an excellent and wonderfully romantic example of British Naïve Art, probably painted by an anonymous letter writer, who would draw Valentines and "Forget me Not's", by commission, for serving soldiers, in the time-honoured Folk Art Tradition.