English ( b.1921 - d.1986 )
|Image size||23.4 inches x 53.3 inches ( 59.5cm x 135.5cm )|
|Frame size||29.1 inches x 58.9 inches ( 74cm x 149.5cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Eric Mason dating from around the 1960s.
The painting is presented and supplied in a new sympathetic and complimentary frame (which is shown in these photographs).
Eric Mason was a highly talented and exceptionally creative artist, illustrator and amateur magician. He was born in 1921 and lived and painted primarily in London, although he also lived for several years in Cornwall. His favourite subjects were southern coastal scenes and the Household Cavalry, including the Queen’s Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. His paintings often have a textured look, and elements of an abstract style, such as depicting the motion of the mounted riders.
Mason was also an accomplished magician, adept at live performances. He provided the illustrations for many books, including magic books. He was also the Art Editor of the British magic magazine, Pabular. Many of his paintings were also published in miniature form on matchbox covers. He died in 1986.
This painting depicts the mounted riders of the Household Cavalry taking part in a ceremonial parade. The Household Cavalry is made up of the two most senior regiments of the British Army, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals and has special royal protection duties. There is a close association with Queen Elizabeth II and Buckingham Palace in London. The soldiers are in full regimental uniform, including red jackets and shiny helmets and carrying swords. They are mounted on well-groomed black and brown horses. The slightly abstract style gives an impression of movement and one can almost hear the clattering of hooves on the streets and the noise of the watching crowd. This is quite a spectacle!