Viscount Wolseley holds an awkward, rigid pose in this austere portrait, painted when he was about 63 years old. He is shown in his Field-Marshall’s uniform, decorated with medals, and with his sword by his side. This portrait was bequeathed to fellow German, Frau Kraaz, in the artist’s will. Kraaz had worked in the UK as governess to the children of several distinguished families, including that of the Conservative politician Lord Balfour of Burleigh. She sold the painting to the Government Art Collection in 1938.
Little is known about the German artist Hans Schadow. In the 1890s he lived in St. John’s Wood in London and painted both portraits and scenes in the Middle and Far East, including a garden in Alexandria, a view of Jerusalem and the Temple of Philae in southern Egypt. Schadow exhibited one work at the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham and one at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London, between 1894 and 1898.
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