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Arthur Dudley aka Giovanni Barbaro.

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Following continuing research and help from fellow collectors and enthusiasts, the title of this post can now be changed to Giovanni Barbaro aka Arthur Dudley. There has been a period of uncertainty regarding the true identity of this artist and it has generally been accepted by most authorities that an English artist named Arthur Dudley born around the 1860's specialised in still-life watercolour and gouache works. Towards the end of the century it was assumed that he became bored with this genre and created an exotic alter ego specializing in Middle Eastern scenes or perhaps that he had other reasons to leave England and reside in Egypt and Italy.
The reality is that an Italian artist named Giovanni Barbaro, born in Amolfi Italy about 1864, decided to try his luck in England. He is recorded in the 1901 Census as a retired courier, Italian Subject, living in Southampton with his wife Amy who was a watercolour artist. It is known that they travelled to New York in 1901 and many of his Egyptian themed paintings were completed around this period. The next recorded entry is in the 1911 Census where they are listed as artists living in Kensington S.W.
No further details of their life has been obtained at this time.
Giovanni died in Chiswick 10th October 1915 aged 51 and Amy died in Twickenham 20th February 1937 aged 70.

There are still many unanswered questions regarding Giovanni Barbaro and Arthur Dudley and the search will continue for more information. As requested in my earlier blogs, please contact me if you have any information regarding these "two" artists.



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  1. Thomascoje

    I purchased a still life watercolor with a Dudley signature just curious what it was worth dated 1892 it was sold at an auction in 1899

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  2. tom daly

    sorry I typed the wrong email address. Thanks Tom will contact directly on this address.

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