Barn Owl at Biddulph Hall
20” x 26 1/2” – 99 S/N and 19 AP – $525 US Retail
28″ x 37 1/2″ – 99 S/N and 19 AP – $995 US Retail
“It turns out that there was a pre-Raphaelite artist named Robert Bateman in the late 19th/early 20th century who lived at Biddulph Hall at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK . I first saw his work as a single painting in the Tate Gallery, London 1976. It was a moody, twilight scene in front of a pine forest. Lying in the meadow was a dead knight with his faithful dog lying by his side. It was mysterious and evocative.
A few years later we discovered a book about this artist, The Lost PreRaphaelite: The Secret Life and Loves of Robert Bateman by Nigel Daly. He and his partner live on the Biddulph property. In it he refers to his efforts to get information on his Robert Bateman but he kept coming up with references to an “irrelevant Canadian artist of the same name”. I wrote Nigel a fan letter and identified myself as the “irrelevant Canadian artist”. He invited Birgit and me to come and visit … which we did. There is an old ruins next to their house. All that is left is a stone wall (part of the original Biddulph Old Hall 16th century mansion). Some special damage was caused by cannon fire by Oliver Cromwell’s army during the English civil war. I added the barn owl which could have flown by it back then, or now.”
Barn Owl at Biddulph Hall is available
Robert Bateman has been called the most famous living artist. He continues to paint and tour the world to promote conservation and preservation of nature. We have represented Robert Bateman for decades and are now the sole publisher and distributor of his reproductions. We are so honored to work with him and witness his success. He has made such a massive contribution to the art world and the natural world as an artist and educator of the earth’s most important resources.
Nature as a subject is becoming more and more popular as our environment is in peril. What better subject is there than the beautiful creatures we share this world with? Robert Bateman’s appreciation and understanding of nature are apparent in his paintings. He is able to paint flora and fauna the way your eye would perceive it in real life. It is important that the animal takes full attention. The background becomes muted, and therefore it doesn’t take too much focus away from the subject. His paintings seem effortless and masterful all at once.
Bateman’s eye for composition is unparalleled. Each painting is a composed like a symphony, leading the eye to wander. From the backyards of North America to the sprawling plains of Africa. Robert Bateman captures nature the way it should be enjoyed. Above all he is a champion of wildlife. For this reason he has become a household name for art collectors.