Weather-bound by Arthur John Elsley
Weather-bound by Arthur John Elsley


Weather-bound c1898 by British Painter Arthur John Elsley (1860 – 1952); a painter of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods known for his idyllic genre scenes of playful children and their pets.

A wonderful nostalgic image of children and their pet dog playing in the winter snow.

Weather-bound is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

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John Elsley, also known as Arthur John Elsley was an British painter of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, who gained fame for his creation of idyllic genre scenes of playful children and their pets.

Elsley was born in London, and was one of six children born to John Elsley, a coachman and amateur artist, and Emily Freer. Elsley’s father had exhibited at the British Institution Exhibition in 1845 but later in life contracted tuberculosis which forced him into early retirement.

When Arthur was only eleven years old, he was producing proficient animal studies made during his frequent visits to the London Zoo in Regent’s Park.

At the age of fourteen, he enrolled in the South Kensington School of Art (laterto become the Royal College of Art); and at about this time his eyesight became permanently damaged when he contracted measles.

Elsley took up the post of probationer at the Royal Academy Schools in 1876; and it is here that he was influenced by Frederick Pickersgill (1820 – 1900 Keeper of the Royal Academy), Edward Armitage (1817 – 1896 Professor of Painting), John Marshall (1818 – 1891 Professor of Anatomy), and Henry Bowler (1824 – 1903 Professor of Perspective).

Elsley remained with the Academy Schools until 1882, and then began accepting commissions to do portraits of children and dogs, with an emphasis on horses; with many of his portrait commissions coming from the Benett-Stanford family of politicians living at Preston Manor in Brighton

A large number of Elsley paintings were inspired by sketches he made on frequent cycling trips around the countryside. In 1878 he exhibited his first picture, entitled “A Portrait of an Old Pony” at the Royal Academy.

His first known published work was a line engraving entitled “April Floods In Eastern Counties” printed in “Young England” magazine in 1885.

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