Circa 1918 Oil on Canvas by Arthur David McCormick Titled “The Negotiation”


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Noted British illustrator and landscape painter Arthur David McCormick held an adventurous and varied career into the early twentieth century. A student from the esteemed Royal College of Art, McCormick incredibly exhibited eleven paintings at the Royal Academy of Art from 1889 through 1904, including his most famous Sakar, India: moonlight (1895) and A Hunter’s Shrine, Central Caucasus (1901). His subjects ranged from historical and naval scenes to genre painting, a form of art that depicts ordinary people involved in everyday activities. The English Illustrated Magazine, a monthly fiction and travel publication, employed McCormick as a staff artist. In 1892, he accompanied Sir Martin Conway’s expedition to the Karakoram subrange of the Himalayas to capture the mountainous landscape on canvas; in 1895, he again gathered his brushes to join Clinton T. Dent’s expedition to the Caucasus Mountains. His interests were artistic but also somewhat topographical; in addition to his work as a painter, McCormick held a membership in the Royal Geographical Society.

Entitled “The Negotiation,” this oil on canvas offers a vibrant example of McCormick’s skill as a genre painter. The rich pastel palette affords the piece a lavish if somewhat tense quality; these three Europeans, as the title suggests, seem to be engaged in an informal debate. In the foreground, two men grandly dressed in gold and emerald lounge idly on chairs of rich dark wood; their expressions, however, hold a weary tension. A third figure, seemingly bent over a crystal wineglass in the background, cocks a dubious eyebrow. This is a gentlemen’s deliberation captured and preserved via McCormick’s masterful loose brushstrokes.

An evocative scene of early twentieth-century life, this painting would look lovely in a stylish living room or boudoir.

Dimensions with frame: H= 26.5 in., W= 33 in., D= 2 in. , 8 lbs.
Dimensions of canvas only: H= 20 in. W= 26 in. D=1 in

Additional information

Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions L 2 x W 33 x H 26.5 in
Style / Period


Year / Century

Early 19th Century

Place of Origin




Additional Dimensions

26"W x 20"H
Dimensions with frame: H= 26.5 in., W= 33 in., D= 2 in. , 8 lbs.
Dimensions of canvas only: H= 20 in. W= 26 in. D=1 in


The canvas is in good condition and has had no repairs. The frame has a few nicks and scrapes, especially on the corners, but nothing noticeable.

Although we are attempting to provide realistic online images, differences in lighting sources affect the real color contracts of the painting. We will be happy to provide additional images under different lighting sources and further close-up images upon request.

However, we recommend you consider the lighting in your home and how different lighting sources preserve the painting best and can improve the details the artist emphasized. We also recommend you determine the proper angle placement for the painting to avoid casting shadows or reducing glare to obtain the highest level of satisfaction from this artwork.

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