Alexander Frederick Rolfe was born on 20 May, 1814 at Palmer Terrace in Islington, London to William Edmund Rolfe, an architect and artist and Louisa Rolfe. His half-brother Henry Leonides Rolfe (1823-1881) and half-sister Catherine Augusta Rolfe (1828-1911) both became artists. Although little is known of his education it is highly likely he received artistic tuition from his father.
During the early 1840’s he lived with his father and stepmother at Towns End, Kingston Upon Thames but seems to have travelled to the west country and wales at some point. He married Etty Lockley a widow on 27 February, 1845 at Clifton near Bristol and together the couple lived in Crickhowell, Brecon. After her death in 1847, Rolfe returned to London where he lived at 4 Albert cottages, Hammersmith Road.
As well as being an artist, Rolfe also set up a photographic studio called Rolfe's Portrait Studio at 4 Haymarket, London from 1857 and was active as a photographer until 1864. He was a keen angler and also went fishing with his brother Henry who specialised in still life paintings of fish and fishing tackle. Although he did paint a few still life paintings of fish as well as scenes with people fishing, the majority of his works are landscapes featuring figures and animals.
He married Harriet Alicia Wilkins at Southwell, Nottinghamshire in October 1860 and moved to 6 Richmond Park in Richmond, Surrey. After his sister Catherine married John Frederick Herring Jr (1815-1907) in 1865, he often spent time with them and occasionally collaborated with Herring on a painting. By 1871, he had moved to 9 Middleton Road, Battersea where he spent the rest of his life. He died on 6 July 1875 and was buried at St Mary’s Church Battersea.
Examples of his paintings can be found at the Leeds City Museum, National Library of Wales and the Warwickshire Museum.
|Presentation||The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|Condition||As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.|
|Image Size||29.25 inches x 24.25 inches (74.5cm x 61.5cm)|
|Framed Size||37.25 inches x 32.25 inches (94.5cm x 82cm)|