Title A set of 3 London night scenes
Category 19th Century
Medium & Size Monochrome paint on artists board: 5×11 inches. Frame: 13×19 inches.One signed. One with old exhibition label.
Born 1854 in London. In about 1860 Sam Begg’s family immigrated to New Zealand, taking with them a staircase, oak and a cow. They built a wooden house on the hill at Napier and survived the 1931 earthquake. He soon moved to Australia and stayed for a while in Sydney and in 1880 started work for the Illustrated Australian News in Melbourne.
In 1868 he left home to work as a surveyor on new developments. In the early 1870’s he worked for a time in Eketahuna where he helped with the engineering of the new settlement for Scandinavian immigrants. In 1874 he realised he would like to be an artist, not a surveyor. In 1883 he left for England and then Paris where he studied art in Julian’s Studio. In 1895 he joined the staff of the Illustrated London News as an illustrator until 1919.
He was a friend of Russell Flint (Sir William Russell Flint RA 1880 â€“ 1969) and in fact advised him to spend more time doing water colour painting rather than black and white. Later he regretted suggesting this in case Russell Flint considered that he was trying to keep the Black and White work to himself. In 1912, while visiting India on a commission, he returned to Eketahuna for a visit and was welcomed by the community. Died 7 Jan 1936
Published: Illustrated London News ca.1897.
Exhibited:The Jubilee Exhibition at Earls Court in 1897
Museums: V&A. (A similar painted illustration for the Illustrated London News Â´visit to the Theatre FrancaisÂ´), National Portrait Gallery. Price: Â£ 4,500 (3)