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Mary Browning (fl. 1890 - 1910)
Mary Browning
(fl. 1890 - 1910)
A Jester's Joust
Oil on canvas
36 x 54 inches
Signed with initials
Private collection, Illinois
Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York City
Private collection, Kansas
Painted 1905

Continuing in the traditions of Sir Frank Dicksee and John William Waterhouse, Mary Browning specialized in romantic genre scenes; often gaining her inspiration from tales of life in medieval times.

Her paintings show a definite influence from the Impressionist painters, with her quick brushstrokes and bold coloration; but her style is grounded in the Academic traditions of finely modeled figures.  A Jesters’ Joust is a bold and important example of Browning’s work and is one of only two paintings known to exist by the artist; the other being A Difference of Opinion which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1908.

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