Thursday, July 31, 2008

Augustus E. Mulready

[A Penny, Please] 1882
oil on panel
fl. 1863 - 1905.
Genre painter and member of the Cranbrook (Kent) colony. Exhibited at the RA. Painted London street scenes of urchins, flower-sellers and children in a fairly unsentimental way.

Frederick Daniel Hardy - The Seamstresses

oil on canvas
Highlighting the plight of the poorly paid and overworked seamstresses of the period. Notice the symbolism of the dead candle, and the clock showing 7am - implying the girls have worked through the night.

Thomas Faed - A Slight Difference - Tiff

oil on canvas
31.5 x 21 3/4"

Charles Hunt Snr - The Play scene in 'Hamlet'

oil on canvas
1829 - 1900.
Charles Hunt senior rather specialised in these play scenes using children as the actors. He seems to have painted several versions of this scene, one dated 1868 and somewhat larger is in the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Thomas Faed - Morning

oil on canvas
21 x 29"
exhibited at the RA in 1889

Rowland Wheelwright - The Dinner Hour

[The Dinner Hour]
oil on canvas
40 x 60"
1870 - 1955.
Painter of mainly historical and classical subjects. Born in Australia; studied under Herkomer at Bushey. Exhibited at the RA.

Heywood Hardy - The New Bridle

oil on canvas

signed Heywood Hardy
20 x 30 1/4"

George W. Horlor

[The Children of the Mist] 1858
oil on canvas
fl. 1849 - 1891.
Animal and sporting painter who worked in Cheltenham, Birmingham and Brentford. Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere. Specialised in spoting scenes set in the Highlands in a bright, cheerful style.

[A watchful eye]
oil on board

[A young ghillie with his dogs] 1851
oil on canvas

[The herdsman's dog] 1877
oil on canvas

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

William W. Gosling - A Hot Day in the Harvest Field

[A Hot Day in the Harvest Field]

oil on canvas
33 x 63"
exhibited RA 1877
1824 - 1883.
London painter of landscape and rustic genre scenes. Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere.

Alfred de Breanski Snr

oil on canvas
[A Highland Stream]
oil on canvas
[Blea Tarn, Cumberland]
oil on canvas
[A Spring morning, Inverlochy]
oil on canvas

C H Hart

[The Midday Rest] 1871
oil on canvas
I can't trace this artist beyond that he worked in the late 19th century.

Walter Field

[The Corner of Phillimore Island, Shiplake]
[Shiplake Weir] 1882
oil on canvas
1837 - 1901.
Landscape and country genre painter. Exhibited at the RA. Lived in Hampstead, London and painted around the Thames Valley and on Hampstead Heath.

[Waterlilies] 1864
oil on canvas

[Henley Regatta] 1884
oil on canvas

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Edward Wilkins Waite - The Old Water Mill

oil on canvas

John Samuel Raven - The Rooks' Parliament

[The Rooks' Parliament]
oil on canvas
exhibited at the Universal Exhibition, Paris in 1867
1829 - 1877.
Landscape painter, son of (Rev.) Thomas Raven (a watercolourist). Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere, iften views of Sussex, Wales and Scotland. Visited Switzerland and Italy. Self taught. Influenced by Crome, Constable and the Pre-Raphaelites. Lived in london from 1871 till his early death (drowning whilst bathing in Harlech). His younger sister married Henry Holiday another artist influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. His brother-in-law records that Holman Hunt held this artist in high esteem.
It has been speculated that this was painted in or near Cobham in Kent. A label on the back calls it The Crops Green, the work shown at the Paris Exhibition. The artist seems to have changed the title later.

Alfred William Hunt - Mist Wreaths

[Mist Wreaths]
oil on canvas
exhibited 1861 at the RA ?
1830 - 1896
Liverpool landscape painter and watercolourist. Studied at Oxford where he won a prize as a poet. He was a Master there and married in 1861. Associate of the Liverpool Academy and exhibited at the RA and elsewhere. Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and his watercolours were praised by Ruskin. Painted in Scotland, Lake District and the Thames Valley but was particularly fond of North Wales and Whitby. Travelled in France.
His daughter, Violet Hunt, wrote a book on Rossetti.

Frederick Barnard

[My First Pantomime, when my Grandfather took us Children to Sadler's Wells] 1820
[My Last Pantomime, when I took my Grandchildren to Covent Garden] 1880
both oil on canvas

1846 - 1896.
London genre painter, mainly featuring children and domestic scenes. Studied under Leon Bonnat in Paris, working in London and at Cullercoats (coast of Northumberland). Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere and also worked as an illustrator for Punch and the Illustrated News, often connected with the works of Dickens. He was the son of a Silversmith. Admired by Van Gough (during his stay in London). Married Alice Faraday (niece of the famous Scientist) and in the 1880's they lived as part of a colony of artists at Broadway in the Cotswolds. John Singer Sargent painted a portrait of his wife and the daughters are the models for Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose.

These pictures were first owned by Sir Henry Irving who Barnard almost certainly knew.

[Mrs Frederick Barnard] 1885
by John Singer Sargent

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Francis Stephen Cary

oil on canvas
believed to have been exhibited in 1843 at the RA
1808 - 1880.
Not mentioned by Christopher Wood. The son of Rev. Francis Cary, assistant keeper of printed books at the ritish Museum. Through his father he met the literary fifures of his time like Charles and Mary Lamb.He travelled abroad and took over Sass's Academy in 1842 which was renamed Carey's. His pupils included Millais and Rossetti. He continued to paint and exhibited at the RA, genre, historical, literary and religious subjects.
(Mary Lamb portrait)

William Gunning King

[Griselda] 1882
oil on canvas
illustrating the Clerk's Tale in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales where Lord Walter, an Italian Nobleman takes the Shepherd girl Griseldaas his wife.
1859 - 1940.
Best known as an illustrator but also painted figurative subjects and exhibited at the RA and eksewhere. Lived near Petersfield, Hampshire. Rustic scenes and landscapes are known. This was painted when he was only 23.

George Henry Boughton

[The Vision at the Martyr's Well]
exhibited 1893
oil on canvas
1833 - 1905.
Based in London and painted genre, figurative, portraits, landscapes, sporting and historical subjects. Lived in America, studied in Paris, coming to London in 1862. Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere. Well painted but often considered over-sentimental today. Painted a lot of Breton subjects and was connected to Van Gough who he very much admired and may have met Gauguin.

Paul Falconer Poole

[The Escape of Glaucus and Ione, with the blind girl Nydia from Pompeii] 1860
oil on canvas
Illustrating the closing chapters od Bulwer-Lytton's famous novel The Last Days of Pompeii (1834).
1810 - 1879.
A popular painter of historical subjects (he dealt with Pompeii several times), born in Bristol. Son of a grocer and self-taught. Exhibited at the RA. Some of his work is ordinary but Ruskin praised his better works. There was often a supernatural element in his works. His life story is very interesting.

[Ferdinand declaring his love for Miranda (side panel of triptych)]
oil on canvas

[Solomon Eagle] 1843

Friday, July 25, 2008

Charles Edward Halle - Paolo and Francesca

[Paolo and Francesca]
oil on canvas
exhibited 1888
73.5 x 48 3/4"
exhibited London, New Gallery 1888

1846 - 1919.
Born in Paris, the son of (Sir) Charles Halle, the pianist and conductor. He came to England about 1848 (French Revolution) and was taught by Richard Doyle and Baron Marochetti and went to the RA Schools. At 16 he spent a year in Paris and after health problems travelled in Italy. Back in London he met Rossetti and Burne-Jones and with Joseph Comyns helped found the Grovesnor Gallery with Sir Courts Lindsay which became the flagship of the Aesthetic Movement. But after much controversy he withdrew and with the help of Burne-Jones (and Carr) founded the New Gallery in Regent Street in 1888. He painted all this time.

Thje painting is based on the story of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta, the brother and sister-in-law who fell in love and were murdered by Francesca's outraged husband c. 1285.

Edward Reginald Frampton - Elaine

oil on canvas
(three years before his death)
Elaine - the lily maid of Astolat, guarding the shield of Lancelot
a subject from the Morte d'Arthur, or more likely Tennyson's version of it.

Peter Paul Marshall - A letter from home

[A Letter from Home]
oil on board
inscribed 'No. 1/"A letter from Home"/30 Guineas/Peter Paul/London' on an old label on the reverse.
14 x 10"
1830 - 1900.
Marshall was a partner in the firm of 'Fine Art Workmen', Morris, Marshall, Faulkener & Co.
Known as a hearty, extrovert, likeable character, he was born in Edinburgh but spent his early life in Liverpool. His profession was as a surveyor and sanitary engineer but he learnt to paint in his spare time and exhibited at the Liverpool Academy. He was influenced (clearly here) by the Pre-Raphaelites and married the daughter of John Miller, a Liverpool Merchant, settling in London in 1861 and becoming a partner in the Morris firm. His close friend was Ford Madox Brown.
It is thought the sitter was a Governess and the black edges to the letter suggest a death. Notice also the Lily behind her.

John Ingle Lee - two paintings

[The Gardener's Daughter] late 1860's
oil on canvas
9 1/4 x 7 1/4"
The same girl appears in this work and it is thought she may be the artist's wife, and the man tending the ivy, the artist himself.

[Home] 1869
oil on canvas
9 1/4 x 7 1/4"
fl. 1869 - 1891
London painter of genre subjects who exhibited at the RA (six pictures from 1878 - 80)and elsewhere. He lived in Adelaide Road, NW London before moving to Hampstead Hill. The Gardener's Daughter shows the influence of D G Rossetti who he may have known, though he is not the same (though they may be related as they lived nearby in London) as the originally Liverpool Pre-Raph artist by the same name.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Henry Gillard Glindoni

Pictures sent to me by Jose Eduardo ,from Australia
who has just bought this lovely picture and is rightly having it conserved.
I will post pictures of the restored version once available. I don't normally like Victorian 18th century subjects but I think this one has real charm.

Frederick Leighton - Lady Sybil Primrose

oil on canvas
22 3/4 x 18"
exhibited at the RA in 1885
Sold at Christie's in 1992. Until then it had remained largely unnoticed in the sitter's family. Lady Sybil Myra Caroline Primrose was the eldest child of Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of Rochester and his wife Hannah.
There is a full story on this important picture in the Christie's catalogue of 13 Mar 1992.
This is the smaller version of the picture exhibited at the RA in 1885.

Frederick Leighton - Head of a Girl wearing a Wreath

oil on canvas laid down on board
10 x 7"
originally in the Queen's (Victoria) collection but was first sold in 1974 (and then at Christie's in 1992).
date painted is not known but it was in the Queen's collection by 1906 at least
It seems to have been presented to Queen Victoria by the artist himself

Edward Reginald Frampton - Stone Walls

['Stone walls do not a prison make. Nor iron bars a cage']
oil on canvas
exhibited 1908
An early work of his influenced by Burne-Jones and tapestry works such as the San Graal tapestries designed by him and woven under the direction of William Morris.
1872 - 1923.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Calliope Coronio

coloured chalks on two joined sheets
Calliope Coronio (b. 1856) was part of the large Anglo-Greek Ionides family. There is a biography of her in the Christie's catalogue of 13 Mar 1992 where this picture was offered for sale.