"The Soul's Awakening" Old print in an antique Gesso Frame. Artist James Sant 1820-1916.It is a print on paper. It has printed in the border on the bottom left : Premium Picture Young Peoples Weekly Chicago . $195.00 The frame alone is worth it.Cash Please. Will not ship. Will Trade for 30-50 gal Aquarium set-up...or furniture possible
The painter James Sant RA was born in Croydon, and first showed artistic inclination at the age of 8, when he became obsessively interested in copying a sketch by Landseer. He was trained by John Varley and then A. W. Callcott, before entering the Royal Academy Schools from 1840. After early subject pictures, he became a popular portraitist, eventually becoming Principal Painter in Ordinary to the Queen, and producing many pictures of the Royals and the aristocracy, as well as highly-esteemed portraits of children. He was elected ARA in 1861, and RA in 1870. He exhibited extremely prolifically at the Academy from 1840 through to 1904. As well as portraits (which included some trompe l'oeil), Sant painted allegorical female figures, some genre and some landscape. His work was much engraved, e.g. Little Red Riding Hood and The Soul's Awakening."The Souls Awakening" was exhibitedat the Royal Academy in 1888, and is a portrait of the artists 13-year old great niece,Annie Kathleen Rendle.The sentimentality of the subject appealed to the Victorian public, and the painting was widely reproduced in engravings and prints.