Sunday, November 30, 2008

Painting that inspired iconic Christmas card is found hanging in pensioner's home

As one of the most popular Christmas card scenes of all time, it has graced mantelpieces by the million.

But for the last 40 years, an elderly woman has contented herself with the knowledge that only she had the original painting of Beneath The Snow Encumbered Branches.

She bought the work by Scottish laird Joseph Farquharson for £1,450 in the 1960s, and kept it hanging above her sideboard in the sitting room.

Next week, it is expected to fetch upwards of £70,000 at auction.
By Andy Dolan
Daily Mail

(Sir) Lawrence Alma-Tadema - Roman Scribe

[A Roman Scribe writing dispatches]
oil on cradled panel
Painted in Sep 1865, one of the earliest works of his 'Pompeiian' period of 1865 -1870 in which he recreated scenes from antiquity.
The frame was made to the artist's design by Thomas Maws.

William Etty - The Lute Player

oil on panel
painted for Thomas Bodley in 1833
"When soft notes I the sweet lute inspired / Fond fair notes listen'd and my skill admired."
Painted for his friend and though perhaps never fully finished is considered a gem of a painting. Bodley paid a 100 gns for it. A slightly larger and more elaborate version was painted by Etty in 1835 and hangs now in the Tate Gallery.

Stephen Catterson Smith the Elder

[Princess Victoria aged 9 in a Landscape]
oil on panel
painted in August 1828, one of the earliest portraits of the Princess, later of course to become Queen Victoria. It was engraved in 1829 by Thomas Wright.
1806 - 1872.
The artist, born in Yorkshire and trained at the Royal Academy schools and in Paris, was a portrait painter. He moved to Dublin in 1845, where he painted many well-known Irishmen and members of the Irish artistocracy. Smith was appointed Director of the National Gallery of Ireland in 1868.
note: there is a lovely portrait of the Princess aged 4:
I can't see my young grand-daughter putting up with that costume!

McCormick Collection

Just a note that the following few weeks paintings come from the sale of his paintings by Sotherby's in New York in Febuary 1990 of the Victorian works collected by Edmund J. McCormick (1912 - 1988).
He only started collecting in 1976 but had a good eye and expert advice and built up a wonderful representative collection.

Edmund J.and Suzanne McCormick Collection of Victorian Paintings
by Susan P. Casteras
Yale Center for British Art (1986)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Tepidarium - Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Oil on panel

Victorian and Edwardian Photographs

[Sarah Bernhardt]

Edmund George Warren - Shepherd Resting

[A Shepherd resting by the wayside] 1866
Watercolour and bodycolour heightened with gum arabic

James Edwin Meadows - A drover

[A drover and his herd on a country road] 1862
oil on canvas
1828 - 1888.

James Poole

[Collecting firewood beside a stream]
oil on canvas
1804 - 1886.
Landscape painter. Usually moutain and moorland scenes, often in Wales or Scotland.

Frank Percy Wild

[A Summer's Afternoon]
oil on canvas
1861 - 1950.
Figurative subjects, portraits and landscapes. Exhibited at the RA. Born in Leeds, lived in Marlow, Bucks.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Edward John Gregory - Boulter's Lock, Sunday Afternoon

Dutch TV preview of upcoming Waterhouse exhibition

Spotted on the great ArtMagick forum:
The long-awaited (by me anyway!) Waterhouse retrospective opens in December in the Netherlands.Dutch TV has posted a video clip offering a taster of the upcoming exhibition featuring Sir Tim Rice and Peter Trippi:
Tim Rice will be officially opening the exhibition on 13th December, and the exhibition opens to the public on 14th December.

George Cole - Cottage at Albury, Surrey

oil on canvas

Henry Charles Bryant

oil on board
1812 - 1890.
London painter of genre, landscape and animals, especially farmyard and market scenes. Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere.

Circle of John Syer

[An extensive landscape, traditionally identified as being from Richmond Hill]
oil on canvas

Frederick Richard Lee - Figures and horses on a beach

oil on panel

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sotheby's: Early British Drawings, Watercolours and Portrait Miniatures

[Fairy Gen, Bettws-y-Coed, Wales - Albert Goodwin - watercolour over pencil heightened with white and scratching out]
Session 1: Thu, 04 Dec 08 3:30 PM
New Bond Street, London

Scott collection goes on sale at Sotheby's

[Emily Osbourne's Nameless and Friendless ]

Frederick Waters Watts - Figures before a Mill

oil on canvas
1800 - 1862.
Christopher Wood gives this artist as Frederick William Watts. Landscape painter clearly influenced by Constable who lived in Hampstead at the same time.

George Cole - The Gypsy Encampment

oil on canvas

Willam Shayer - Kelp gatherers

[Kelp gatherers on a beach with boats beyond] 1846
oil on canvas

John Frederick Herring

[Three horses in a stable feeding from a manger] 1849
oil on canvas
[Hens and horses by a stream]
oil on canvas

Monday, November 24, 2008

Painting in attic found to be a masterpiece

A dust-covered painting found behind an old mattress in an attic has turned out to be the work of a famous artist worth £50,000.

Augustus E(dwin) Mulready

[A London Street Scene] 1900
oil on canvas
fl. 1863 - 1900.
Genre painter and member of the Cranbrook Colony. Painted London street scenes, especially of urchins. flower sellers and children. Not overly sentimental. There is a Mulready Jr.

Edward Charles Barnes - The Flower Seller

oil on canvas

John L. Wimbush

[The vegetable barrow]
[The toy vendor]
oil on canvas
fl. 1873 - 1904.
Figurative painter. Exhibited seven works at the RA and elsewhere. London address.

William Powell Frith - The puritan's daughter

oil on canvas
A well known picture of Frith's often used to illustrate the high standard of Victorian historical painting. This seems to have been influenced by Sir Walter Scott's Woodstock.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

‘The Annunciation’ - Edward Coley Burne-Jones 1876

Walter Dendy Sadler - Lost in Thought

oil on canvas
1854 - 1923.
Genre painter. Studied at Heatherley's Art School in London and in Dusseldorf. Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere, mainly costume pieces like the above. About 1896 he moved to Hemingford Crag in Huntingdon where he died. Very popular artist in his time.

Phillip Richard Morris

[The Riven Shield] '60
oil on canvas
1838 - 1902.
Painter of genre and portraits. Born at Davenport, entering the RA Schools in 1855. Won two silver medals and in 1858 a gold medal for a biblical study. Visited France and Italy. In the later part of his life painted almost exclusively portraits.

Thomas Stothard

[Sylvia and the Outlaws : A Scene from Shakespeare's 'Two Gentlemen of Verona']
oil on canvas
1755 - 1834.
Principally a book illustrator, elected to the RA in 1794.

Paul Falconer Poole - Ferdinand and Miranda

[Ferdinand and Miranda share a moment beneath Prospero's watchful eye; side panel of a triptych showing scenes from Shakespeare's Tempest]
oil on canvas
1807 - 1879.
According to the catalogue this seems to be a second version by the artist, dating to probably the late 1850's. The subject was first exhibited at the RA in 1849.
Caliban is shown labouring in the background.
The centre panel of the triptych showed the conspiracy of Sebastian and Antonio, the right hand panel, Ferdinand and Miranda discovered by Alonzo at the entrance of the cave, playing chess.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Spring (Apple Blossoms) - Sir John Everett Millais


William Etty

[Judith and Holofernes, triptych]
oil on canvas
Etty mixed bitumen with his paints in order to intensify the darker tones. Unfortunately this has led to his paintings deterioating badly.
1787 - 1849.
Painter of classical and historical subjects. Born in York, the son of a baker. He worked as a printers apprentice from 1798 - 1805. In 1807 he entered the RA Schools. Success was slow in coming and some of his nude studies scandalised Victorian sensibilities. In 1848 he retired to York and died there a year later.

Emile Barrington after George Frederic Watts - Hope

coloured chalk, watercolour and bodycolour with scratching out
a copy by Emilie (1841 - 1933) of Watt's famous painting (now in Tate Britain). Emilie was an assistant working in Watt's studio in 1887. It is mentioned in her book Reminiscences of G. F. Watts.