Optional - receive your painting ready to hang. Note we are only able to ship framed paintings up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached, the framing option is automatically disabled. If ordered without a frame the painting will arrive rolled inside a protective tube with an extra 1.5" white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
Attending the midnight hour and watching over the ailing patient like a guardian angel, Sir Samuel Luke Fildes' The Doctor has become the archetypal image of the Victorian doctor. Ever on call, Fildes' canvas is a stirring and poignant reproduction of a local GP, or General Practitioner, a community doctor who would often be the first and only port of call for people in the Victorian era. The position exists to this day and, thanks in large part to the enduring appeal of The Doctor, the reputation of the home-visiting practitioner conjures thoughts of reliability and security. Within the confines of the frame one can find the intrinsic qualities of a good doctor, revealing a great deal about the confidences and insecurities of the medical profession in the late-nineteenth century. Painted in 1890 and commissioned by Sir Henry Tate following the death of his son some thirteen years previously, it is an image that mourns a shared family trauma. Yet, over the century since it was first exhibited, The Doctor has become ingrained in the British national consciousness as a symbol of the essential requirement for national health care.
Filled with anxiety, the tension of the scene is counterposed by the attentiveness of the Doctor. It is a reproduction of a mood, a memorial to those nervous hours when the pace of time itself seems to stop in waiting for news of the patient. Much lauded by the popular press when it was first exhibited at the Royal Academy, The Doctor was shortly after engraved and pressed into cheap reproduction prints. Selling over a million copies in America the image became ubiquitous and in many ways helped to alter the public image of the local doctor from a figure of fear and quackery to a gentle and learned spirit, solemnly attending our weakest moments.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Doctor, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Doctor that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure plastic tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date.