A Quintessentially English Artist - Basil Nightingale

Going into our upcoming Fine Sale on Sunday the 5th of December
Lot 353
'Calm Before the Storm' 
Basil Nightingale (1864-1940)


Quintessentially English, Nightingale was a sporting painter in oil, pastel and watercolour. His background evidently influenced his subject matter, as he was the son of the equestrian and artist in his own right, Robert Nightingale, who exhibited at the RA. Nightingale had an affinity for sporting; he was an excellent sportsman and known as a ‘courageous rider’. Nightingale possessed a gentle yet scrupulous approach to painting his subject matter, mixed with a typically English subtly sarcastic and refined sense of humour.

A striking feature of Nightingale’s watercolours are that the background rarely dominates the scene, instead the sole focus is on the active subject in hand, to which the humorous titles of his works refer to. He painted numerous important figures, including Lord Lonsdale and the Duke of Westminster. His works have been sold at many auction houses including Christie’s.

Below are an assortment of Nightingale's other works for you to browse.

Nightingale's painting along with an array of beautiful paintings from our collection are currently on display for our Sunday sale for you to view! 

We look forward to seeing you all there.

A Quintessentially English Artist - Basil Nightingale

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