MANLY ANTIQUE CENTRE

1925 OIL ON BOARD
ARTHUR D'AUVERGNE BOXALL


A lovely oil on board painting by Arthur d'Auvergne Boxall signed and dated 1925.
In its original frame it could do with re-matting as it is foxed now from age.
The painting itself measures 24cm x 17cm with frame its 49cm x 42cm.
Even though there is no mention of his spending any time in Sydney a lot of the
examples of his work are in Sydney and I think this one is Manly or somewhere
on the Sydney foreshore.

As mentioned in the biography he was known for his confident by sketchy painting
and on close inspection this one is certainly that with.
Its a stunner and we're quite happy if no one buys it!

SORRY, I'VE SOLD!

Below is a shortened version of his biograghy by Judith Thompson on the Australian Dictionary of Biography website.

Arthur d'Auvergne Boxall (1895-1944), artist, was born on 19 June 1895 at Port Elliot, South Australia.
Son of George Albert Boxall, carpenter and builder, and his wife Ellen, née Pratt.
He was educated at Victor Harbor High School and studied architecture on a scholarship
at the South Australian School of Mines and Industries.
He also studied drawing at the Adelaide School of Art under Will Ashton and at the School of Fine Arts, North Adelaide.
When a appointed art master at the Collegiate School of St Peter he gave up architecture,
although evidence of this training remained in his drawing.
A fellow of the South Australia Society of Arts, he won its Melrose Prize for portraiture in 1923 and 1925
and the landscape award in the latter year.
At this time he shared a studio with Horace Trenerry, and their work, regularly seen at the society's exhibitions,
was often compared; both were influenced by Elioth Gruner.
Boxall's first one-man exhibition, from which all the works were reportedly sold, was in Adelaide in 1925.

Boxall then spent three years in England. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London,
where he gained an honours diploma in fine art, prizes for composition, figure study and landscape,
and a scholarship which enabled him to travel widely in Europe exhibiting with the Royal Academy of Arts,
London, the Paris Salon, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
and the less conventional New English Art Club.
He arrived home in 1930 but then went to stay with a friend in New Zealand and exhibited with art societies there.

In 1932 Boxall was appointed to the East Sydney Technical College as teacher of life-drawing.
He became head teacher of art and remained there until he resigned owing to ill health in 1940.

His many small landscapes in oils, which were painted directly and briskly with an apparent ease of style
were carefully thought out initially, as some of his sketches show.

Boxall died, unmarried, of tuberculosis at his father's home at Rose Park, South Australia, on 7 January 1944
and was buried in North Road cemetery.
His estate was sworn for probate at £3454.
From a bequest of his sister Ella a trust was established for the National Gallery of South Australia known
as the d'Auvergne Boxall Bequest which took effect from 1954.
This added many paintings, drawings and prints by Boxall to the collection, and a room was renamed
the d'Auvergne Boxall Gallery.

Please email us at
tony@manlyantiquecentre.com.au
with any questions



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