E Steele, Water Colour And Gouache Painting. Is this Painting authentic or a copy?
Steele, Edwin, born 1803 – died 1871 (painter (artist)
There is another Edwin Steele, but this one was the son of this painter. Edwin J. Steele who was born in 1861 in Stoke on Trent. He died in Birmingham in 1933.
Edwin Steele was a painter at this Rockingham china and porcelain patter book, and his father, Thomas Steele was a painter at the same factory before his son.
E Steele is known as a painter of fruit and flowers, although there are some landscapes listed. He was quite a prolific painter, although he did not appear to exhibit, as there are no biographical details listed in our reference books, which are drawn from exhibition records.
I reckon this painting is authentic because there isn’t any indication telling me otherwise. I have acquired many prints and one learns to distinguish between a copy and an authentic painting.
In England and France, when it is a copy, most paintings have a copyright stamp of the company where the copy was reproduced. Also the colour of the painting is too good for being a copy. In this watercolour and gouache painting, there is nothing telling me the same is a reproduction.
In some parts of the painting I can feel the brush strokes, when I pass over it with my fingers. In particular over the waves beside the boats.
An Art house with whom I entered in contact with, told me that the painting should be from Elvic Steele and not Edwin Steele, as according to this person the painting is modern. The same person also claimed never to have seen a marine painting by E Steele.
However, these boats seen on the painting, were used in Brighton in 1824.
So the painting is not modern at all, but very old. It is ca 200 years old. I found these boats in a Constable book, written by Michael Rosenthal. Besides, Elvic Steele’s signature, is a completely different one.
I have bought this painting in “heart foundation” store in Islington, London.
Can you please help me to ascertain if the painting is authentic or a copy?
I am including herewith the Painter’s Signature.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks beforehand.