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Harbour Scene by Moonlight*

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Oil painting on board of a moonlit harbour scene attributed to the Scottish academic painter Robert Payton Reid (1859-1945).

Beautifully composed, and superbly lit, with the light from the late evening sky breaking through a couple of gaps in the clouds above and reflecting on the water.

Even at this late hour there is plenty of activity going on, with the eye being immediately drawn towards the two men in the boat in the foreground.

We can find no signature but our vendor, a respected dealer in a wide variety of paintings, tells us that the picture can be reliably attributed to Reid, who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy together with schools in Munich and Paris, exhibiting his work from 1880 onwards.  Most of his paintings show rather tranquil scenes, often with a young lady in a cottage garden setting, so this is a little different. 

The old frame has had a few small knocks in its lifetime and measures just over 62 by 48 cm.  The visible image is a fraction under 44 by 29.5 cm wide.  

Ref: 14705

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