Portrait of Sophia

JOHN DA COSTA (1867-1931)


Height - 65.25inch (165.73cm)
Width - 31.25inch (79.37cm)
Framed Height - 71.00inch (180.34cm)
Framed Width - 36.75inch (93.34cm)


Portrait of Sophia






1867 - 1931
Signed & dated 1895, label verso & titled
Oil on canvas 65 ¼ x 31 ¼ inches
Framed size 71 x 36 ¾ inches

John da Costa was born in Teignmouth, Devon and became a painter of portraits, landscapes and figure subjects.
At a very early age John started to draw and used his mother as his first model and painted and drew her until he went to school.
While still young he aroused the interest of John Seymour Richard Lucas the portraitist and George Vicat Cole the landscapist who discovered him painting in the market place of Rhaader in Wales. Also the artist Stanhope Alexander Forbes found John studying plein-air effects in Brittany. However it was John Millais who finally helped the boy determine his career and after consulting with his mother it was decided that he should go to Paris where he entered the famous Julien Academy in 1887.
Among his masters were Jules Joseph Lefebre, Fernand Cormon and Alexander Harrison of Philadelphia USA.
About 1890/1 from Paris he went to Cornwall to the Newlyn School where he spent several years.
His early paintings were exhibited at Burlington House and the salon Champs-de-Mars and show an innate feeling for design and form and his great skill in composition aroused much interest.
He then moved away from the 19th Century tradition with its unity of tonal values and we see emerging a more direct and vital painting with brushwork accenting the broader rhythms expressing his freed spirit.
Around 1905 on Sargent’s suggestion he went to America having by then established his reputation in England and Europe as an eminent portrait painter. During his visit he received many commissions and returned regularly throughout his career.
He painted the parents and children of many notable families.
His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery and elsewhere in London also in the provinces, Europe and the USA.
His style of painting portraits and figures reflect the influence of his friend and contemporary, John Singer Sargent. Both artists worked for Colnaghi Galleries and the plan was, when Sargent was in America, Da Costa would be in Britain and then they would swap places several times a year.

In 1974 an exhibition of his work was held at Leighton House.

Works Represented: Penlee House Gallery & Museum; Royal Academy, London; Hull Guildhall

Provenance: By direct decent from the artists family U.K
(This piece has never been for sale before now)

Exhibited: Leighton House - John Da Costa, Memorial Exhibition 1974 Cat No 2 (illustrated P.27)


£12,000.00 (Pound Sterling)
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