Artists Illustrating Boys' Fashions: Felix Stone Moscheles (England, 1833-1917)


Figure 1.--This Felix Moscheles portrait shows Eliza Crawshay and her son painted in 1864. Eliza's maiden name was Yeates. Her son was Edwin. We have been unable to find much information about the family. One source claims that her huband married beneath the family expectations and suffered social ostricism. Eliza wears a volunious classic black dress. Edwin has perfctly aranged ringlet curls and wears a low neckline, lace trimmed tartan dress with pantalettes. He looks to be about 5-6 years old.

Felix Stone Moscheles was born in London (1833). We do not know a great deal about him. He was a painter, early peace activist, and advocate of wold be international language--Esperanto. He was born into an artistic family appareb5tly of Jewish ancestry. His father was a respected pianist and music teacher Ignaz Moscheles. His wife was fellow painter Margaret (Greta) Moscheles. They were very close. Friend ferred to them as the 'Grelixes'. His godfather, after whom he was named, was none other than famed German composer Felix Mendelssohn. Moscheles exhibited in Paris, Antwerp, and London. We have not found many Moschels paintings. The ones wehave found seem to be mostly portraits with some genre and artistic history works. He was quite a competebt artist and was well knownbfor his work as a eace activist andefforts to develop international dispute resolution protocols at the Hague. I do not know of an artist that was so involved in political efforts at such a high level. It must have affected his artistic output. We only know of two two works depiting children. They include a medieval falconer and Eliza Crawshay and her son painted in 1864. Eliza's maiden name was Yeates. Her son was Edwin. We have been unable to find much information about the family. One source claims that her huband marriesd beneath the Crawshay family expectations and suffered social ostricism. Eliza wears a volunious classic black dress. Edwin has perfctly aranged ringlet curls and wears a low neckline, lace trimmed dark tartan dress, green tartan sash, with pantalettes. Notice the boyish side part even with ringlts. Queen Victoria of course were known fir bkack dresses and all things Scottish. Her husband, Prince Albert, died a few years before this portrait was painted and wore mourning dress for the rest of her life. Edwin looks to be about 5-6 years old. A reader studying the the painting tells us, "I tried verifying this ID with Merthyr Museum but no luck. There seems to be some confusion, because Edwin Hole Crawshay was born 1867, so is this dated 1874 when he was about 7? Secondly, his parents were Edwin 1838-1902 and Charlotte 1832-1907, so I wonder if the 'mother' is actually his grandmother Eliza (nee Harris)." Anoter reader writes, "I am sure I have seen this painting at a stately house in Wales. About half hours drive from Merthyr. The family were connected to iron smelting. I had tried to take a photograph of the picture but without success. I will have the guide book at home about the family."







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