|Paul Jacob Naftel RWS (1817-1891)|
"Vale Church from near Grande Roque Guernsey".
10 x 28 1/4 inches.
Inscribed by the artist in ink on a label on the original backboard "No.4 .Vale Church from near Grande Roque. Painted by Paul J. Naftel. Guernsey".
Paul Jacob Naftel RWS (1817-1891):
Born in St Peter Port, Guernsey in 1817, Paul Jacob Naftel followed his father into the clock making business but early on abandoned it to pursue a career as a professional artist. He was appointed Professor of Drawing at Elizabeth College, Guernsey, in 1847 and remained in post until 1870. During this time his main income derived from a considerable number of private pupils, mostly young ladies, supplemented by the sale of prints of his work sold through his father's shop. His popularity as an artist rose steadily and the family moved to London in 1870, which enabled Naftel to travel more easily and exhibit his works. He was a frequent exhibitor in London at the Old Watercolour Society and Grosvenor Galleries. He also exhibited at the Fine Art Society, Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and Manchester City Art Gallery. He became a full member of the Old Watercolour Society in 1860. His second wife Isabel and daughter Maud were both successful painters. Collections: Numerous public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Jersey and Guernsey Museums.