Sunday, March 27, 2011

Gentlemen's outfits

William Henry Knight - The Young Artist 1861

Edmund Bristow - The Turk’s Head Inn, Eton 1845

Thomas Smythe - Beach Scene with Figures by a Jetty

Frank Holl - Newgate - Committed for Trial

Holloway collection.

oil on canvas
60 x 83"
painted 1878

The painting made Holl's reputation when it was exhibted at the RA in the same year and he was subsequently elected an ARA. Holl visited Newgate and the Governor became a friend. The section painted was called the Cage where prisoners on trial were allowed at certain times to see their friends. Holl wrote it moved him to see prisoners of all sorts awaiting the results of their trials.

Holl himself died of heart disease at the early age of 43.
In the same year as this painting, 1878, he began painting portraits which mt with a lot of success. He painted many famous people such as the Price of Wales, Gladstone etc. His range of subjects is impressive.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Poverty Deserved?: Relieving the Poor in Victorian Liverpool

Anthony Miller (Author)

Frank Dicksee - An Urban Family

Frank Moss Bennett - The Kings Arms, Ombersley, Worcestershire

oil on canvas
25 x 30"

Henry Gillard Glindoni - A Fortune in a Tea Cup

oil on panel
17 x 22"

Mary Cassatt -- Simone in a White Bonnet

c. 1903

A restrike etching

When an etching has been made, prints are made from the metal block. Very often these are not numbered. However, for collectors' items there is often a fixed number, say 200, and the individual copies are numbered, very often in the form 1/200, and so forth. Sometimes the block is then destroyed and cannot be used again.
Sometimes, however, the block is kept and used again. If this happens there should be a clear indication that the 'print run' is that of a re-use or to use the technical term, a re-strike. One common way of doing this is to use Roman numerals for the re-strike.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Non-navvy drink seller, Manchester Ship Canal

Thomas B. Seddon - Boats on the Nile

Watercolour, 14 x 7.5 inches (35.56 cm x 19.05 cm). Private collection, Canada. This watercolour appears to be a sketch painted on site that Thomas Seddon likely used to paint the oil-on-canvas painting titled View on the Nile.

John Frederick Lewis - The Street and Mosque of the Ghoreeyah, Cairo

Watercolour and oil on paper, 29 3/4 x 40 1/2 inches. Forbes Magazine Collection

Visions of the harem
Of all the British artists who went east in the 19th century, for Ahdaf Soueif, only John Frederick Lewis looked beyond colonial stereotypes to capture its true spirit. Cairo gave him the colours, light and architecture to become a great painter.
includes gallery

Frank Moss Bennett - Late But Welcome

Signed and Dated 1931 Oil on Canvas 24 x 30 inches / 61 x 76.2 cms Literature : Frank Moss Bennett (1874-1952) The Forgotten Artist by M. Son, 2006, p 24

Frank Moss Bennett

[Won't you come with me?]
Price Realized £3,500
signed and dated 'F M Bennett 1929' (lower left)
oil on canvas
10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.5 cm.)

[An excuse for a glass]
Price Realized £3,500
signed and dated 'F M Bennett 1924' (lower right)
oil on canvas
10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.5 cm.)