(American 1857-1951 )
Oil-on-canvas, signed lower left
and dated May, 1889, also signed and
titled on the back of the canvas.
The frame retains labels from Thomas A Wilmurt (a frame maker in NYC from 1866-1894), and James S Earle and Son, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia (fine art dealers and framers)
Painting: 34 ½” x 23 ½”
Frame: 46 ½” x 35 ½
A painter of genre, especially lonely women and children awaiting the return of their loved ones from sea, Clifford Grayson was a skilled figure and landscape painter in a realistic style with elements of Impressionism.
Grayson was born in Philadelphia where he was a student of Christian Schussele and Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He then went to Paris where he studied with Jean Leon Gérome at the École des Beaux Arts. He lived in several French coastal areas, settling in Concarneau around 1884 after living for a period in Brittany.
In 1890, he returned to the United States where he was in charge of the Art Program at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia and was very active at the Pennsylvania Academy. Eventually he moved to the art colony at Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Grayson exhibited extensively and in 1886 was one of four expatriate artists honored by the American Art Association in New York and in 1887 won the prestigious Temple Gold Medal from the Pennsylvania Academy for his painting, "A Fisherman's Family."