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Title George Sim in his Workshop, Aberdeen
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist Christen, Rodolphe (Swiss artist, 1859-1906)
Date 1890 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Rudolphe Christen was a Swiss artist, born at St Imier on 26 April 1859. The son of a shoemaker, he studied in Paris from 1879. In the 1880s he spent two years in Aberdeen, teaching drawing and painting at M. Desclayes' Collegiate School, where his brother Arnold was a teacher of languages. George Sim worked as a taxidermist and here is depicted in his workshop at 14 King Street, Aberdeen. He was the son of the well-known Aberdeen naturalist, also George Sim, author of The Vertebrate Fauna of 'Dee'. Christen travelled to Paris with the younger George Sim, where they shared a flat on the Rue Boissonade.
Current Accession Number ABDAG014134
Former Accession Number R87
Inscription front lr 'Rod. Christen 1890'
Subject interior; everyday life; portrait (Sim, George)
Measurements 56.2 x 47.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Transferred from the Central Library 1999.
Principal Exhibitions Royal Hibernian Academy.
Publications Christen, S. M., The Story of an Artist's Life, London, 1910, p. 9, repro. in colour, p.19 facing; Deeside Field, no. 5, 1930, facing p. 2; Beaton, I. J., The Sims of Gourdas. Aberdeen; Aberdeen and NE Scotland, Family History Society, Aberdeen, 2001, pp. 33-34.
Notes

Christen returned to Aberdeen from Paris after his marriage in 1900 and spent two years there, before settling on Deeside, where he lived from 1902 until his death on 7 September 1906. His distinctive chalet-style home is now the McEwan Gallery, near Ballater.

Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville
 

 

 

 

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