In the Heat of the Day, Flatford

by David Murray

This is a study for a picture of the same subject exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1904, no. 326.

This is a prime example of David Murray working on rural subject matters, depicting this tranquil scene in Flatford, Sussex.

Dimensions: (unframed) 60.96 cms x 91.44 cms /24.00 ins x 36.00 ins
Signature: Signed David Murray (lower right)
Medium: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 3850 Categories: ,

In 1891 Murray was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy, and a full member of the Royal Academy in 1905. About 1886 he broadened his horizons and travelled to the continent, but all of his more characteristic work was done in Scotland or England. Murray was a member of Glasgow Art Club and exhibited in the club’s annual exhibitions. He became president of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in succession to Sir James Linton in 1917; the year before he was knighted in 1918.

Anonymous sale Sotheby’s London 19 May 1982;

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Sir David Murray was born in Scotland in 1849, to the son of a shoemaker. Initially Murray worked for mercantile firms whilst studying at Glasgow School of art in the evenings, and it wasn’t until 1875 that eh devoted himself to a fully-fledged artistic career. He soon became an associate at the Royal Scottish Academy.

It was Murray’s move to London that really ignited his artistic career. His well-known piece, ‘My Love Has Gone A-Sailing’ was exhibited in 1882 and was purchased by the Chantrey Trustees for the Tate Gallery.

In 1891 Murray was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy, and a full member of the Royal Academy in 1905. About 1886 he broadened his horizons and travelled to the continent, but all of his more characteristic work was done in Scotland or England. Murray was a member of Glasgow Art Club and exhibited in the club’s annual exhibitions. He became president of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in succession to Sir James Linton in 1917; the year before he was knighted in 1918. Murray did not marry and during the whole of his life in London he occupied the same bachelor’s quarters – the studio of Millais in Langham Chambers, Portland Place.

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