Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Edith Hume - A Stitch In Time

Frank Moss Bennett - three pictures

[Playing his trump] 1934
oil on canvas
24 1/4 x 32 1/8"
[The Ornithologist] 1924
oil on canvas laid down on panel
14 1/8 x 19 7/8"
[The Guest of Honour] 1945
oil on canvas
20 x 26"

Robert Watson

[Cattle watering in a highland landscape]
signed R Watson 1889 l.l.
oil on canvas
24 x 36"
fl. 1890 - 1910.

Charles Robert Leslie - May Day in the reign of Quuen Elizabeth

oil on canvas
60.5 x 46"
exhibited at the RA in 1821
shows Queen Elizabeth and her courtiers celebrating May Day. Notice the people dancing round the Maypole
and characters dressed as Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, a hobby horse, a fool and a Dragon.

Sydney Percy Kendrick - Portrait of Dame Sybil Thorndyke

signed Sydney P Kendrick l.l.
oil on canvas
68 x 37"

Saturday, September 26, 2009

(Sir) Herbert James Gunn - Sylphide (Vera Savina)

[Sylphide (Vera Savina)]
signed H James Gunn '27' u.l.
oil on canvas
25 x 30"
exhibited RA 1929
1893 - 1964.
including pictures for sale - including this painting

Price Realized £6,250
Vera Clark was an English dancer who joined the Ballets Russes in 1924 under the direction of the inspirational and dynamic leadership of Serge Diaghilev. At the time of joining the company, Vera's name was Russianized to Vera Savina. She married the Principal and choreographer Léonide Massine in April of 1926 and became Principal herself in the season of 1927, the year of this portrait.

The present lot shows Vera dressed as the sylph from one of the oldest surviving romantic ballets La Sylphide, the first version of which premiered in Paris in 1832 with choreography by Filippo Taglioni and music by Jean-Madelaine Schneitzhoeffer. Taglioni's version was revived for the Imperial Ballet in 1892 and interpolated by Anna Pavlova in 1904. The Ballets Russes'version of La Sylphide was created by scenographer and one-time artistic director Alexandre Benois, and became an instant classic.

James McBey

[The Violin player]
signed McBey / 1932 l.r.
oil on canvas
40 x 32"
1853 - 1959.

Leonard Campbell Taylor - The Violin Lesson

signed L Campbell Taylor l.l.
oil on canvas
33 1/4 x 31"

(Sir) Francis Grant - Portrait of Sir George Cornewall Lewis

oil on canvas
30.5 x 25.5"

Friday, September 25, 2009

Copley Fielding

[The Passing of Arthur: An illustration to The Idylls of the King by Alfred]
pencil, watercolour and gum arabic with scratching out
38 3/8 x 28½"
exhibited Paris, 1865

Frederick Vigers

[Portrait of the artist's wife, full-length, in a blue dress, holding a bunch of pansies]
oil on canvas
72 x 28 3/4"
1852 - 1922.
A painter mainly of landscapes and literary subjects who exhibited both in London and the provinces. He was involved in the Arts and Crafts movememt and produced designs for furniture, rextiles and wall paper.

Bernard Sleigh

oil on canvas
48 x 16"
1872 - 1954.

Henry B. Wimbush

[Sheep beside a river]
signed H B WIMBUSH l.l.
oil on canvas
25 3/4 x 38"
fl. 1881 - 1908.

David Cox - A drover and cattle

signed David Cox l.l.
oil on canvas
24 x 42"

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Euston Arch

An historic arch which once stood proudly at the entrance to Euston Station before being demolished by town planners almost 50 years ago is to be restored to its former glory after the discovery of lost stones dumped in a river.
The plans were unveiled by the Euston Arch Trust which has campaigned for the rebuilding of the Greek revival landmark.
Co-founder Dan Cruickshank said: 'The forthcoming redevelopment of Euston Station provides an unmissable opportunity to reinstate the spectacular Euston Arch.

Claude Monet

English School - The Hop Pickers

indistinctly signed C P l.l.
oil on canvas
37 x 70"

Harold Knight - Portrait of William Kelway

signed Harold Knight l.l.
oil on canvas
41 1/4 x 33"
William Kelway of Langport, Somerset, famous for his breeding particularly of Delphiniums and Peonies. The frame is decorated with Delphiniums.

William Bromley - The Young Hunter

signed W Bromley l.r.
oil on canvas
12 x 10"

Alfred H. Green

[The Rabbit Hunt]
oil on canvas
20 x 30"
fl. 1844 - 1862.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Charles Stuart

signed Charles Stuart l.l.
oil on board
7.5 x 12"
fl. 1880 - 1904.

Wilson Hepple - Bringing Home the Holly

signed W. HEPPLE l.l.
oil on canvas
20 x 30"

James Cole - The stubborn donkey

signed James Cole 1882 l.r.
oil on canvas
14 x 18"

Isaac Snowman - Contemplation

signed Snowman / 1901 l.r.
oil on canvas
30 1/4 x 20 1/4"
possibly also exhibited at the RA in 1902 as The Thought of Youth

F. Norman

[Portrait of a young girl]
signed F. Norman 1896 u.l.
oil on canvas
18 x 16"
c. 1896
otherwise unknown