1949 Oil Painting, 'Circus Act,' John Grimble


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1949 Oil Painting, 'Circus Act,' John Grimble

Delightful, 1949, oil on on board by British artist John Grimble, signed and dated verso. This atmospheric painting depicts an female acrobat in Alibaba trousers and rust coloured under-costume waiting in the wings with her ruff-necked dog and chestnut, pony. Red velvet curtains are slashed through with a stream of ochre light. Beautiful painted with wonderful colours throughout.

An rare composition for this 20th Century landscape painter, most of his works depicted Boston, Lincolnshire and the surrounding fenland.

Oil on Board
Frame: New painted frame, ready to hang.
CM: 52 x 62
Inches: 20 1/2 x 24 1/2
CM: 35.5 x 46
Inches: 14 x 18
Provenance: John Grimble, Lincolnshire artist Signed and dated verso.
Condition: Excellent



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