A.D. MacCormick (1860-1943)
A Tasty Dish n.d.
oil on canvas
50.5 x 60.5 cm
Gift of Howard Hinton 1930
Arthur David McCormick, studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He painted landscape and figurative subjects, often based on historical stories. His paintings are typically full of colour, vibrancy and movement and rich in detail. He exhibited eleven works at the Royal Academy between 1889 and 1904.
A Tasty Dish depicts British upper class living. A couple sit at a table set with silverware. The warm fire reflects a rosy light onto the lady, the tablecloth, and the animal skin rug. The man is wearing a three-piece suit and is seated at the head of the table, a newspaper open on his lap. The butler raises the lid of the dish. The walls are decorated with ornate portraits and the lead-light bay window features the family coat of arms.
This is the only work by this artist in the Hinton Collection. It was one of the first works to arrive at the Armidale Teacher's College in 1930, and is representative of several works Hinton purchased during his years in England, following his retirement from the shipping industry.