Born: England, 1834
Clark, Joseph 1834-1926
Exhibited his works at the Royal Academy from 1857, continuing almost every year until 1904. 'The Chess Players' was one of two works that he exhibited at the academy in 1860. At this time he was living in London at the Bell Vue Villas in fashionable Holloway.
Clark’s paintings capture the spirit of Victorian England with playful titles such as 'Preparing for Sunday', 'The New Cap' and 'Goodnight Father.' Joseph Clark is known to have sent his paintings to America and perhaps this was the case with 'The Chess Players', which came from a private collection in the USA. In 1876 he was awarded a medal in Philadelphia for two more works shipped there.
*The Tate Collection in London has 2 Joseph Clark paintings
(Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 and of international modern art)