Charles Collins (1860 -1744) was basically an Irish Painter who focused his career on animals and still life.
Charles Collins’s Life
Charles Collins was born in Dublin in Ireland. He was fond of painting. Though his early life is still not much known, he was primarily said to be a painter of still life and animals. He was one of the rarest artists of great talent and superior quality in Britain to paint about still life.
Collins use to traditionally arrange breakfast, cabinets or some sort of still life examples which were held out of curiosities and then these high valued items are exhibited and painted by him. Not everyone possesses the talent of capturing the still life on canvass and he did it very gracefully throughout his life.
Charles was called to be a painter of all sort of fowl and game by Walpole which was anecdotes of paintings. He is known to have pursued his career mostly in Ireland as was informed by Sir Gustavus Hume of Dublin who arranged a sale of a collection of painting in May 1786. This sale also held two most admired painting of Charles Collins out of which one was of fowl and the other one was a dead hare. Collins was then named as “Irish Master”. A picture made by him “Dead Game “is still held in National Gallery of Ireland.
He made 12 sets of original oil paintings named “Icones Avium cum Nominibus Anglicis” out of which 9 are exhibited by Anglesey Abbey, a country house in Cambridgeshire.
He died in 1744 in London.
Famous Artworks of Charles Collins
Charles was well known for his animal painting and still life art. A still life art usually depicts a group of objects which do not move and hence in olden times they use to be either flowers or fruits or dead animals or any kind of food. Basically, it has to be still or say dead in nature derived from the French word “Nature Morte “of still life.
Still, life emerged as a distinct form of art and specialization of the profession with its origin in the middle ages and Ancient Greco Roman art and then later in the late 16th century as western painting. Still, life painting gives a plus point to the artist of experimenting with the arrangements of objects within the design of a painting. Not many knew this art during that period as it was equally challenging but Charles was still one of them.
Few of the paintings by Charles Collins are
- Exotic Pheasants and other birds
- A still life with the dead game
- Lobster on a Delft Dish
- Pheasants Mallards and a Lapwing in a River Landscape
Other than this he had drawn many paintings on various types of British Birds which includes hen, wagtail, cock, small spotted woodpecker, Grey Shrike, Goldfinch, Coal tit, Crossbills, Reed Buntings, Blackbird, Yellowhammers, House sparrows, Kingfisher, Nightingale and many more. His paintings are still held in many British museums and are sold at a great price. He was a unique artist of his genre art form.