Friday, October 30, 2009

Prison Hulk

Louis Haghe - The Refreshment Area at the Great Exhibition of 1851

[The Refreshment Area at the Great Exhibition of 1851]
signed L. Haghe 1851 l.l.
pen and black and brown ink, watercolour and bodycolour
34.5 x 26.5"
1806 - 1885.
Haghe was one of the artists commissioned by Prince Albert to produce watercolours of the Great Exhibition. These were then reproduced as chromo-lithographs. Haghe was previously famous for his Sketches in the Holy Land produced with David Roberts in 1842-9.

Price Realized £8,750 (2009)

Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's consort, set up a committee to organise exhibitions with the aim of improving British industrial design. This led to the first truly international exhibition 'The Great Exhibition', which was held in Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace at Hyde Park, in the Summer of 1851. Opened by the Queen on 1st May, six million people flocked to see over 100,000 exhibits from around the world.

Upon entering visitors would have been struck by the size and structural perfection of the building that met their eyes. As they went through the doors they would have been overwhelmed by the height of the iron and glass transept which rose 108ft (33m) above their heads, encasing fully grown Elm trees, adding to the impression that they were in a vast green house.

This particular watercolour, by Louis Haghe, shows the central refreshment area, with the hustle and bustle of people gathered around. In it can be seen two of the Elms - originally to be cut down in initial designs for the Crystal Palace, but then included after an outcry from the British public. It gives an idea to the viewer of the pure grandness and spectacle of the exhibition, and the sense of social occasion that must have been felt by all visitors.

Haghe, amongst other artists, was commissioned by Prince Albert to produce watercolours of the Great Exhibition. These were then to be reproduced into chromo-lithographs, which was the new mechanical colour-printing process in keeping with the aims of the exhibition. Haghe was one of the pioneering artists of this process, and had previously worked with David Roberts (1796-1864) on his 'Sketches in the Holy Land', published from 1842-49. The watercolour in this lot, of the refreshment area (or 'food court' as we would term it today), was almost certainly a pre-design for his much smaller work of the same subject, currently in the Victoria and Albert Museum (CT28003).

Samuel Bough - Unloading the boats

signed Sam Bough / 1867 l.l.
oil on canvas
16 x 26"

Edward Robert Smythe - Yarmouth Jetty

[The Yarmouth Jetty, with promenaders, fishermen and travellers with their horses]
signed E R Smythe l.r.
oil on canvas
24 x 36"

John O'Connor - The shipbuilder's cart

signed J. O'Connor l.l.
oil on canvas
22 x 26"
Born in Co. Derry he began work as an assistant scene-painter at the Belfast Th. and then later the Dublin Th. In 1848 he moved to London where he worked as a scene painter at Drury Lane and later at the Haymarket where he became principal scene-painter. He took up landscape painting and travelled widely on the continent and exhibited at the RA from 1857 - 1888.

Frederick Richard Lee - Figures and Horses on a Beach

oil on panel
17.5 x 24"

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Marie Elizabeth Seymour Lucas - Small and of no reputation

oil on canvas
16.1 x 11.8 "
signed 'Marie Seymore Lucas' (ll)

Cartoon of the Great Exhibition

David Woodlock - An old cottage near Church Stretton, Shropshire

signed 'old cottage/ near Church Stretton/Shropshire/D. Woodlock.19.' l.l.
pencil and watercolour, heightened with white
15 1/5 x 10 1/5"

Charles Hunt - The love letter

signed C. HUNT. l.l.
oil on board
12 x 16"

Herbert William Weekes - Suspicion

signed W. Weekes l.l.
oil on canvas
28.5 x 38 1/4"

William Collins - Children on a mountain top

signed W Collins / 1846 l.r.
oil on canvas
17.5 x 24 1/4"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the Italian Renaissance

Out of my period I know, but since it happens to feature my favourite painting
Lady with Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci created around 1490

Arthur Rackham - self portrait


Plymouth Pier

J. Baldwin

[Looking Out for Dad]
sogned J. Baldwin/1852 on reverse
oil on canvas
16 x 13"

Ernest Walbourn - pair

[Flower Pickers]
[The Young Fisherman]
each signed Ernest Walbourn l.r.
oil on canvas
24 x 16"

Charles Hunt - The Flower Pickers

signed C HUNT / 1872 l.l.
oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 36"

John Strickland Goodall - The Happy Family

Pencil and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour
7 1/4 x 10 1/4"

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

J M W Turner - Richmond Hill


Blackpool 1895

John Strickland Goodall

signed John S. Goodall l.r.
Pencil and Watercolour, heightened with bodycolour
7 1/4 x 10 1/4"
1908 - 1996.

William Stephen Coleman - Children resting

[Children resting on the steps of a seaside cottage]
signed W S Coleman l.l.
Watercolour and bodycolour
6 1/4 x 9 1/4"
Worked in a style rather similar to Myles Birket Foster. He was a surgeon before becoming an artist.

Henry Charles Andrews - The Wedding Feast

oil on canvas
23 1/4 x 35.5"

Edward Seago - Cattle at the Rond Dyke, Thurne Marsh

oil on board
20 x 30"

Monday, October 26, 2009

Butcher's Shop

Before Health and Safety and Hygiene regulations!

William McTaggert

[Children Shrimping]
signed W McTaggert 1893 l.r.
oil on canvas
14 x 19 3/4"
1835 - 1910.

Edward Seago - Calm Evening on the Waveney

signed Edward Seago l.l.
oil on board
16 x 24"
Seago was born and lived in Norfolk most of his life.
including works currently for sale

Samuel John Lamorna Birch - On the road to Land's End

signed S.J. Lamorna Birch l.l.
oil on canvas
20 x 30"
including works currently for sale

(Sir) Alfred East - Twilight in Windsor Forest

oil on canvas
42 x 50"

including works currently for sale

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Interior - 1895

Harold Speed

[Garden Pond with fountain at dusk]
oil on canvas
30 x 25"
[Awakening Spring]
oil on canvas
30 x 25"
[A rocky pool with waterfall]
oil on canvas
20 x 23"
1872 - 1957.

Albert Goodwin - Youth is Full of Sport ...

"Youth is full of sport
Age's breath is short"
signed Albert Goodwin/77 l.l.
oil on canvas
36 x 55 3/4"
exhibited RA 1877
A much acclaimed work at the time.
(notice the slightly different title)

Albert Goodwin - Warden's Garden of Winchester College

[with the Chapel beyond]
signed Albert Goodwin l.r.
oil on board
14 3/4 x 21"
exhibited RA 1920

John MacVicar Anderson

[Canterbury Cathredral by Moonlight]
signed JOHN ANDERSON l.r.
oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 36"
1835 - 1915.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Philip John Thornhill - Golden Threads

[Golden Threads]
oil on canvas
50 x 72"
exhibited RA 1904
1875 - 1903.

Price Realized £12,250 (2009)

Archibald Wakley - A Royal Princess

[A Royal Princess]
signed ARCHIBALD/WAKLEY/1903 l.r.
inscribed 'A Royal Princess/"But a vain shadow.If one considereth/Vanity of Vanities/As the Preacher saith"/C. Rossetti/Archibald Wakley/76A Monmouth Road/Bayswater/W.'
Watercolour and bodycolour heightened with white and gold
21.5 x 26 1/4"
1873 - 1906.

Price Realized £3000 (2009)

The inscription on the label to the reverse comes from Christina Rossetti's poem Mother Country, composed on the 7 February 1866. Archibald Wakley was a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy and worked in both oils and watercolour. The present lot exhibits his allegiance to a Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic akin to Burne-Jones and De Morgan. Considered a prodigious talent, his promising career was cut short when he was brutally murdered in his Bayswater home in 1906.

Henry Le Jeune - Mary Magdalen at the Sepulchre

oil on panel
12 x 9 7/8"

Paul Falconer Poole - pair

[The Shepherd]
[The Lovers]
oil on canvas
17 7/8 x 12 1/8"

Friday, October 23, 2009

St Giles, London 1840

Carlton Alfred Smith - A favourite sketch

signed Carlton A. Smith, 1910 l.l.
oil on panel
13 x 9"
exhibited The Society of Oil Painters, London

Price Realized £2,000 (2009)

(Sir) Joseph Noel Paton - The Indian's boy's mother (study)

oil on canvas
13 x 11 1/8"

Price Realized £8,750 (2009)

This is an accurate study for two figures at the lower centre of a composition by Paton, illustrating a scene from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The finished painting represents one of a pair including The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania 1849, also The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania 1847. The figures in this study are shown in both paintings, currently with the National Gallery of Scotland.

Paton was a highly successful artist who specialised in painting detailed compositions illustrating biblical episodes and imaginative stories based on romantic myths and legends. His interest in achieving convincing naturalistic detail was inspired by his friend John Everett Millais, with whom he studied at the Royal Academy. Paton, born in Dunfermline, returned to Scotland and was appointed 'the Queen's Limner in Scotland' in 1866. His most famous paintings are of fairy subjects which enjoyed great popularity during Victoria's reign.

Paton's painting is an imaginative interpretation of an incident in Shakespeare's play. Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, quarrel over the possession of a changeling (a human child, carried off to the fairy realm and replaced by a fairy child). The main figures are surrounded by a host of smaller fairy creatures, some grotesque, others beautiful, whose supernatural character excused their sensual appearance and behaviour. The painting was judged to be 'picture of the season' when exhibited in Edinburgh in 1850. Later it captivated Lewis Carroll (the author of Alice in Wonderland) who counted 165 fairies.