CMS Reading by Gaslight (1884). William Stott-of-Oldham (British, 1857–1900).
Stott studied under Gérôme, exhibiting regularly at the Paris Salon. He was a close friend of the painter Whistler, until his painting of Whistler’s mistress depicted naked as Venus caused a rift between them.
For much of his career, Stott painted landscapes, but during the late 1880s began to move towards pictures involving classical figures and allegorical themes.
Painter Walter Richard Sickert described Stott as “one of the two greatest living painters of the world.”