Cast a Shoe

Otto Weber (1832 - 1888)

Oil on Canvas
Size (inches): 39 (h) x 63 (w) inches
Size (cm): 99.1 (h) x 160 (w) cm


Royal Collection, Sandringham House

Exhibited at the London Royal Academy 1877

Exhibited Manchester Royal Jubilee 1887

Webber studied in Berlin under Carl Steffeck and then Thomas Couture in Paris. Between the years of 1863 and 1864 Weber travelled to Brittany where he would paint genre scences, romantically depicting the day-to-day life of the Bretons. It was in 1864 that he debuted at the Paris Salon with a work titled 'Noce a Pont-Aven'. Weber would continue to exhibit at the Paris Salon until 1869.

When the Franco-Prussian War hit in 1870, Weber had to leave France and travelled to Italy, where he stayed in Rome. Two years later in 1872, at the request of Queen Victoria, Weber moved to London and from then forward he would exhibit annually at the Royal Academy until his death in 1888.

Weber's work La cure du cheyreuil 1868 is hung in the Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

Prince George, The Duke of Kent, visited the village of Otford (Where the painting is situated) in 1936. The Duke came to view the site of his 'Favourite painting', then he remembered hanging on his bedroom wall when he stayed at Sandringham with his grandparents, The King and Queen.

Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent followed in his fathers footsteps and also visited Otford in July 2006 where The Duke says "As i walked through this most attractive of Kent's villages, I was reminded of the Painting of which my father was so fond at Sandringham, "He's Cast a Shoe", featuring the Forge in Otford in Victorian times".

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