Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cross Bones cemetery

Long before my normal period, but this long forgotten cemetery with an unusual history is so amazing. For centuries Cross Bones was a burial site for outcasts. The bodies of 15,000 paupers and prostitutes are believed to have been buried here before it was closed more than 150 years ago.

Chrysler Museum redefines Victorian art in new exhibit

[British Victorian Art -- William Scott's 1845 portrait of wealthy English entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas Holloway is among 60 paintings on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in "London Calling: Victorian Paintings from the Royal Holloway Collection." Courtesy of the Royal Holloway Collection, University of London (Daily Press / October 30, 2010)],0,450486.story

London, Victoria Rail Station 1910's

Albert Joseph Moore - Pansies, c.1875

Albert Joseph Moore - A Girl

(Sir) Lawrence Alma-Tadema - The Roman Wine-Tasters

Lady Laura Alma-Tadema - Study of Drapery

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - George MacDonald and his daughter Lily, 14th October 1863

Augustus Edwin Mulready - A Quiet Read, 1875

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Serpentine London 1910

Daniel Maclise - Snap-Apple Night

It was inspired by a Halloween party he attended in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The caption in the first exhibit catalogue:

There Peggy was dancing with Dan
While Maureen the lead was melting,
To prove how their fortunes ran
With the Cards could Nancy dealt in;
There was Kate, and her sweet-heart Will,
In nuts their true-love burning,
And poor Norah, though smiling still
She'd missed the snap-apple turning.

On the Festival of Hallow Eve.

Sotheby's Presents Highlights from 19th Century European Art Auction in New York

[An employee of Sotheby's auction house in New York views paintings belonging to actress Demi Moore during a press preview October 27, 2010. The paintings, William Bouguereau's Frere et Soeur (L) and Alfred Stevens' Mere et ses enfants (R) will be offered for sale as part of Sotheby's auction of 19th century European art November 4 in New York. REUTERS/Mike Segar]

Thomas James Lloyd - Picking Primroses, 1896

Edith Corbet - Cicero's Villa and the Bay of Baiae

Oil on canvas, 13 x 26 ¾ ins (33 x 68 cms)

1846 - 1920

Helen Allingham - Daydreamer, 1878

Frederick Morgan - Feeding the Rabbits

(Sir) Lawrence Alma-Tadema - The Vintage Festival in Ancient Rome, 1871

(Sir) Lawrence Alma-Tadema - The Discourse; A Chat

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sotheby's Sale

[Joaquin Sorollo - Young Fisherman, Valencia]
19th Century European Paintings Including Spanish Painting, The Orientalist Sale, and German, Austrian, Scandinavian and Symbolist Works
Sale L10104

23 Nov 10, London
Exhibition Opens 19 Nov 10

Some really beautiful paintings but outside my region.

A Young Charles Chaplin

Louis Bosworth Hurt - Hills of Ross-shire

Price Realized £95,000

signed 'Louis B. Hurt.' (lower right), signed again and inscribed 'Hills of Ross shire/Louis B. Hurt/Ivonbrook/Darly Dal[e]' (on a label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 122 cm.)

Dorothy Tennant - the see-saw

Oil on Canvas
10 x 18.1 in. / 25.5 x 46 cm.

Dorothy Tennant (22 March 1855 – 5 October 1926) was a Victorian neoclassicist painter , born in Wales. In 1890, she married the African explorer Henry Morton Stanley, and became known as Lady Stanley. She edited her husband's autobiography, reportedly removing any references to other women in Stanley's life. After Stanley's death, she married Henry Curtis in 1907.

William Watson - Sheep on the mountains, Loch Tay


Price Realized £5,520

signed and dated 'W.Watson.1919' (lower right), signed again and inscribed 'On the Mountains-Loch Tay, Perthshire./Wm Watson' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.5 cm.)

Alfred de Branski - Cattle watering in the Highlands

Price Realized £20,700

signed 'Alfred. de Branski' (lower right)
oil on canvas
24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.5 cm.)

Alfred de Branski - Ben Nevis, evening

Price Realized £29,900

signed 'Alfred. de Branski' (lower right), with inscription 'Ben Nevis/A de Branski RBA' (on a label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
30 x 50 in. (75.5 x 127 cm.)

Alfred de Branski - Late summer evening, Inverness


Price Realized £40,000

signed 'Alfred. de Branski' (lower left)
oil on canvas
32 x 50 in. (80 x 126 cm.)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

London, Franco-British Exhibition 1908

Frank Beresford - The Rose Room, Marden Park

1881 - 1967

Signed and Dated 1916, Inscribed on Reverse, Oil on Canvas, 25 x 30 ¼ inches / 63.5 x 76.83 cm

Frank Ernest Beresford was painter of portraits; interiors, animals, landscapes and mural decoration.

Beresford was born in Derby on 30th August 1881. He studied at the Derby School of Art between 1895 and 1900 and from there went to the St. John's Art School in London (1900 - 1901) and the Royal Academy Schools (1901- 1906).

Following this period Beresford gained the British Institution Scholarship for two years. He also embarked on a painting tour which took him all around the world, including Japan.

From 1906 Beresford exhibited his work in London (predominately at the Royal Academy) and abroad, securing him an international reputation. His work is represented in several important and renowned public collections.

During World War Two, Beresford painted as a war artist for both the R.A.F. and the U.S.A.A.F. Several of the works from this period are on permanent exhibition at the U.S.A.A.F. Academy in Colorado Springs. Indeed the U.S.A.A.F. awarded Beresford an "Exceptional Service Award” - the highest civilian honour, only once previously granted to a Briton.

During his artistic career, Beresford worked in South Africa and Rhodesia and completed a painting tour from the Cape to the Zambesi (a total trip of 12,000 miles!)

He was a member of the United Society of Artists and of the New Society of Artists. He lived in London and later Northiam in Sussex.

** Very good family website **

Hugh Allan - The Mill-Lade, Glen Farg near Abernethy


Price Realized £4,370

signed and dated 'HUGH ALLAN 1887' (lower left), inscribed 'THE MILL-LADE, GLEN FARG,/NEAR ABERNETHY/HUGH ALLAN/70 WEST REGENT STREET/GLASGOW' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
30 x 48 in. (76.8 x 122 cm.)

Glasgow, Royal Glasgow Institute, 1888, no. 425.

Milly Childers - The Pannier market, Barnstaple

oil on canvas
32.1 x 27.2 in. / 81.5 x 69 cm.
signed 'Milly Childers' (upper left)

Robert Alexander - A Collie on watch


Price Realized £4,600

signed and dated 'R ALEXANDER 1889' (lower left)
oil on canvas
33 x 27 in. (85 x 70 cm.)

George Earl - An otter with a fish on a riverbank


Price Realized £1,955

oil on canvas
34.1/8 x 23.1/8 in. (86.6 x 58.9 cm.)

Richard Ansdell - The shepherd's home

Price Realized £17,250

with signature and date 'R.Ansdell 1878' (lower right)
oil on canvas
25 x 30 in. (63.6 x 77.5 cm.)

Harold Frank Wallace - The inevitable Hind; and Mist - Glen Kingie

Price Realized £4,830

signed 'F.Wallace' (lower left) and inscribed 'inevitable Hind' (on the reverse)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with white
14.1/8 x 20 in. (36.3 x 51.4 cm.)
a pair (2)


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Clacton on Sea, Promenade

John Henry Dell - A Chat with Grandpa

Edmund Thornton Crawford - Fishing boats, Loch Fyne


Price Realized £11,500

signed and dated 'E.T. Crawford 1835' (lower left)
oil on canvas
30 x 41 in. (76 x 106 cm.)

The life and work of Marcus Stone, R.A. (1896])


Henry John Yeend King - The English Rose

Henry John Yeend King was a landscape and rustic genre painter. He worked for three years in a glassworks, and he studied under William Bromley and also with Bonnat and Cormon in Paris.

He exhibited between 1874-1924 at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street, New Watercolour Society and the Grosvenor Gallery. He was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1879, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 1886 and later Vice-President. Yeend King was also a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

In 1898 his picture of "Milking Time" was bought be the Tate Gallery. Yeend King was a typical late Victorian painter of rustic genre often portraying garden scenes with pretty girls, but his robust plein air technique and bold colours reflect his Paris training.

Works by him are in the Tate, the Walker Art Gallery, Reading, Rochdale and Sheffield Galleries. He was married to the sister of Robert Gallon.

Thomas Miles Richardson, Jun - A view of Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Argyll


Price Realized £4,370

signed and dated 'T.M. Richardson.Junr/1838.'
pencil and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour, and with scratching out
17 x 26 in. (45.1 x 66.8 cm.)

Kilchurn Castle is located in Argyll on Loch Awe, near Dalmally.

William Leighton Leitch - The Bass Rock, East Lothian

Price Realized £4,370


signed indistinctly and dated 'W.L.Leitch/1870.' (lower left, on a rock)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with white, and with scratching out
15 x 24 in. (40 x 62.9 cm.)

London, Royal Academy, Winter Exhibition, 1907.

Robert Herdman - Portrait of Thomas Carlyle, half-length, seated

Price Realized £4,830

signed with monogram (centre left) and inscribed and dated 'Chelsea/22 Ap. 1875' (lower right)
pencil, black and red chalk, heightened with white, on buff paper
13.5/8 x 9.5/8 in. (34.7 x 24.5 cm.)

The present drawing is a preliminary study for the oil painting in the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was one of the greatest men of letters of the 19th century. Born in Dumfriesshire, he entered Edinburgh University at the age of 15 and thereafter contributed reviews on German literature to various Scottish publications. He moved to Cheyne Row, Chelsea in 1834 and published his celebrated work on the French Revolution in 1837.

Lectures On Heroes, Hero Worship and the Heroic in History followed in 1841, with publications on Chartism and the future of labour, Past and Present, appearing almost simultaneously. Further major works, Oliver Cromwell's Letter and Speeches, The Life of John Sterling and A History of Frederick the Great followed in 1845, 1851 and 1865. Several volumes of Carlyle's correspondence were published postumously.

Patrick Nasmyth - An extensive landscape with woodmen in the foreground

Price Realized £3,450

signed and dated 'P. Nasmyth/1830' (lower left)
oil on panel
9 x 12 in. (24.2 x 30.4 cm.)
in a carved and gilded frame

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Southend in the 1890's

Alexander Nasmyth - A lake landscape, traditionally identified as Lake Geneva


Price Realized £5,750

A lake landscape, traditionally identified as Lake Geneva
with inscription 'View on the Lake of Geneva No5/Alexr Nasmyth' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
18 x 24 in. (45.6 x 61 cm.)

Edward Atkinson Hornel - Sweet Blossom

Edward Atkinson Hornel was a landscape, genre and decorative painter who worked in oils. Hornel was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia on 11th July, 1864 to Scottish parents. The Hornel family then moved to Kirkcudbright, Scotland where Edward spent his childhood. Between 1881 and 1883 he studied art at the Trustees Academy in Edinburgh and continued his training under Verlat in Antwerp. The works of the early period show a strong Belgian influence; mostly landscapes with figures in the manner of Maris or Mauve. However, through his long friendship with George Henry, Hornel moved to a more colourful, decorative style. Indeed their ten-year long association produced a series of pictures that are regarded as the essence of the Glasgow School. Using low-keyed palettes, Henry and Hornel tried to escape subject and local colour, concentrating on purely decorative colour arrangements. Edward Atkinson Hornel was deeply influenced by Japanese art, this was inspired by a trip to Japan, 1893 to 1894. Hornel also visited Ceylon and Australia in 1907 and Burma, Canada and America between 1920-1921. Hornel exhibited for the first time in 1883 at the Edinburgh Exhibition. He became a member of the International Society of Painters and Engravers and an associate member of the New Gallery. In 1901 Hornel was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy but declined the honour.

Hornel lived for many years in Kirkcudbright where he died on 30th June 1933.

Exhibited : Edinburgh Exhibition 1883; Grosvenor Gallery 1890

William Linton - View of Edinburgh; and View of Stirling


Price Realized £9,200

View of Edinburgh; and View of Stirling
both signed 'WILLIAM LINTON/1826' (lower centre)
oil on canvas
13 x 18 in. (33.7 x 45.7 cm.)
a pair (2)

William Macduff - Christmas morning in an English cottage


Price Realized £9,200

signed and dated 'W. Macduff/1860.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
23 x. 32.5/8 in. (60.4 x. 82.8 cm.)

Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, 1862, no. 73.

Thomas Miles Richardson - Crofters by the wayside


Price Realized £1,150

signed 'T M Richardson' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with white and gum arabic
11 x 14 in. (28 x 37.5 cm.)

John Frederick Lewis - A Highland crofter

Price Realized £2,990

pencil and watercolour, heightened with gum arabic, and with scratching out
7 x 11.1/8 in. (19.6 x 8.3 cm.)

This drawing is an early work by Lewis probably deriving from studies made on a tour of Scotland in 1830. A number of Scottish subjects are recorded by Major General Lewis in his catalogue (see Major General Lewis, John Frederick Lewis, R.A. 1805-1876, Leigh on Sea, p. 64, nos. 110-114 and 116-130).

A slightly larger watercolour entitled Highland Hospitality was exhibited by Lewis at the Old Watercolour Society in 1832 and is now in the collection at the Yale Center for British Art (see J. Baynard, Works of Splendour and Imagination; The Exhibition Watercolour, 1981, Yale Exhibition Catalogue no. 79, illustrated).