Francis Sydney Muschamp (British, 1851-1929)

  • Sold

Francis Sydney Muschamp (British, 1851-1929)

A Pet Canary

Oil on Canvas

  • Signed lower left. 
  • Provenance; Sotheby's London, 26th September 1990, Lot 183.  Sold for £2,200.00 GBP.  See the photograph section for a screenshot of the auction result.
  • Similar listed to £25,300.00 GBP at auction.
  • There are 4 paintings by this artist in the British National Art Collection.
  • Painting - 30.5cm x 20cm
  • Frame - 45cm x 35cm 

Lot Notes

A very fine example of the work of important British genre painter Francis Sydney Muschamp depicting a young lady with pet canary in an interior.  The painting has a good provenance having been sold by Sotheby's in their Victorian Paintings sale in September 1990 for £2,200.00 GBP.  With various Sotheby's labels verso.  Signed lower left.


In very fine condition.  The canvas not lined, torn, patched or repaired.  Clean, most attractive, well framed and ready to hang.

Artist Information

Francis Sydney Muschamp was a painter of genre, history and mythology, being best known for his scenes of Classical, Elizabethan and Baroque life and literature. His Classical works have been compared to those of Lord Leighton and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Francis Sydney Muschamp was born in Hull, the son of the landscape painter, Francis Muschamp (active 1865-1881). The family was living at 58 College Place, Camden Town, London, by 1865, the year in which Muschamp Snr began to exhibit at the Royal Society of British Artists. Three years later, they moved to 124 Gloucester Road, Regent’s Park, and Muschamp Jnr began to exhibit at the Royal Society of British Artists from that address in 1870. In 1876, the family moved again, to 52 Fitzroy Road, Primrose Hill. Muschamp Jnr exhibited oils at the RBA (from 1870), the Royal Academy (1884-1903), the Royal Institute of Painters in Oils, and also in Birmingham. He was elected a member of the RBA in 1893, by which time he was living at 18 Goldhurst Terrace, South Hampstead. He was living at Marcus Stone House, 6 Earl’s Court Square, SW5, at the time of his death.