Thomas Brooks' paintings were first inspired by the Raphaelesque painting, due to his studies at the Royal Academy of Arts and its founder Joshua Reynolds. Over time, Brooks’ style of painting was characterized more and more by modern approaches, parallel to the development of Victorian painting, which was influenced by the reign of Queen Victoria and the accompanying rapid economic development. Thus the middle class was increasingly interested in acquiring art and having his world depicted in the paintings. Therefore, the initial idealization in Brooks’ works made way for an increasing love for details.
The painting is in good, color fresh condition, showing minor craquelure and abrasion. The inspection under UV light reveals a few scattered strokes of retouching within the depiction. The canvas has been relined. The frame is slightly chipped.
Thomas Brooks (1818-1891)
Thomas Brooks studied in London at the Sass' Art School and at the Royal Academy of Arts under Henry Perronet Briggs as of 1838. In addition, he sojourned in Paris during his studies. In 1848 he settled in London. Brooks painted mainly dramatic seascapes, genre scenes, and portraits. Beginning in 1859, he presented his works at the Royal Academy, the British Institution, and the Royal Society of British Artists. (cko)