- c. 1894
- Oil on canvas
- Bequeathed by Hayden R I Fraser, January, 1975
- 695 x 900 x 95mm
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London-based artist Alfred East painted The Moon and the Manor House at Upper Swell village in the Cotswolds, where he kept a small studio from the 1890s. This evocative composition is one of ninety-five paintings he showed in 1895 in English Landscapes: illustrating the Effects from Dawn to Moonrise, his third exhibition with the Fine Arts Society in London. While studying at the Académie Julian in Paris from 1881, he was influenced by the work of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, among others. East was born into a shoemaking family in Kettering, Northamptonshire. He spent two decades in this industry before dedicating himself fully to painting, after taking night classes at the Glasgow School of Art while managing his brother’s boot factory there in the 1870s. East settled with his family in London in 1884, held his first exhibition at the Fine Arts Society in 1888 and then was sponsored to spend six months in Japan in 1889 – the first English artist to work extensively in that country. He became one of Britain’s best- known painters and remained an inveterate traveller, working also in France, Spain, Italy and North Africa.
(The Moon and the Manor House, 12 November 2021 – 1 May 2022)