|The following biographical information about Craig was provided by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. of http://www.bpib.com/.
Born in England in 1874, he studied at the Lambeth School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. In January of 1900 he was working in the American magazine
Scribner's providing some of the illustrations for a biography of Cromwell.
He worked on staff at The Graphic, the illustrated British weekly news magazine, and submitted to the Royal Academy and the Paris salons. He had paintings
purchased by both England and France and won a gold medal for portraiture at one of the early 20th century Paris Salons. He also worked for Nash's Magazine. T
He continued to work in the U.S. for McClures Magazine from 1902-1904, Harpers from 1907 to 1914, and Scribner's again from 1904 on and off through 1914. He
was also much in demand as a book illustrator and his work accompanied some of the era's most famous authors: Rudyard Kipling, R.W. Chambers, F. Marion
Crawford, Arnold Bennett, Maurice Hewlett, to name a few.
Craig was very much the portrait painter and many of his compositions are derived from that experience. Still, his lighting and staging are superb and the
images occasionally approach a photo-realism that was uncommon in his day.
Craig battled with ill-health most of his life and was forced to leave London for Surrey and then, in 1916, he went to Portugal. In April of 1918, he had a
successful gallery show in Lisbon, featuring about thirty of his paintings. It was a timely tribute, because a few weeks later, he died. He was 44.
The Battle of Elandslaagte - October 1899 - was significant because it was one of the few clear cut victories for British during the early part of the Boer War. It
was also one of the only time that British cavalry actually came to grips with the Boers and cut them down with lance and sabers. Several British notables took
part in the battle including Sir John French and Sir Ian Hamilton. Although they failed to follow up on their victory the British forced did retake two guns that
the Boers had captured during the infamous Jameson Raid.
Gouache on Board
Approx. 16 inches by 12 inches
(40.5 cm x 30.5 cm)