Henry Nelson O'Neil

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Henry Nelson O'Neil

8 artworks

English

Born 1817 - Died 1880

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Home Again

Oil on canvas

91.5 x 75.5 cms | 36 x 29 1/2 ins

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Head of an Eastern Beauty

1857

Oil On Canvas

23 x 27 cms | 9 x 10 1/2 ins

Private collection, ,

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Children at the Tower

Oil on panel

26.6 x 36.2 cms | 10 1/4 x 14 1/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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Rosalind, As You Like It

1856

Oil on panel

91.5 x 70.5 cms | 36 x 27 3/4 ins

Public collection, ,

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Home Again

1859

Oil on panel

52.1 x 41.3 cms | 20 1/2 x 16 1/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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Eastward Ho! August 1857

1861

Oil on panel

52.1 x 41.3 cms | 20 1/2 x 16 1/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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Racecourse Amusements

1861

Oil on panel

50.5 x 41.5 cms | 19 3/4 x 16 1/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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Rosalind, As You Like It

1856

Oil On Panel

70.5 x 91.5 cms | 27 3/4 x 36 ins

Private collection, ,

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Henry Nelson O'Neil was born in St Petersburg, and was primarily a painter of historical genre pictures. He was a member of "The Clique" based in St John's Wood.

O'Neil achieved enormous success with Eastward Ho in 1857, one of the greatest Pre-Raphaelite pictures. The painting, which exactly caught the public mood, showed troops embarking at Gravesend to reinforce the army at the time of the Indian Mutiny. The picture is highly emotionally-charged, showing the wives, sweethearts, and families, outlined against the great black flank of the ship, about to separate them. The wealth of detail is wonderfully done, and the facial expressions of the distressed women captured with clarity and sympathy. In 1859, the sister painting Home Again was also a great and well-deserved success.

In later years O'Neil did not manage to maintain his artistic career at this level, but still produced excellent paintings, for instance The Last Moments of Raphael in 1876. He became ARA in 1879. Henry O'Neil also wrote poetry and songs, and was a friend of Millais.

Source: Victorian Art in Britain.