• Oil on Canvas, 90x120cm. Thomas J Banks exh. 1860-1885 Provenance: Exhibition label verso with title and artists address 'Goathland via York' (it can reasonable be assumed that the artist sent this specific painting for exhibition). A stunning and evocative painting by the York based artist Thomas J Banks who first exhibited his work at the Royal Institute in 1860. He continued to be a regular exhibitor at the Institute, Suffolk Street and specifically the Royal Society of British Artists. He was primarily a landscape painter working in and around his native Yorkshire and also making regular trips to Scotland. There are a good number of recorded works painted near Goathland which may indicate him living there at some time.
  • Carruthers Gould R.B.A., R.W.A. 1870-1948 The son of the Victorian caricaturist Sir Francis Carruthers Gould lived for many years at Doverhay in Porlock. He first exhibited at the principal London Galleries from 1892 and was elected a member of both the R.B.A. and the R.W.A. He produced a good deal of work in both oil and water-colour of Exmoor and the surrounding countryside and has an enthusiastic following.
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    Oil on Board, 35x24cm. Milner R.B.C., R.W.A. 1860-1939 The artist arrived in St. Ives from Cheltenham, after studying at both Wakefield and Doncaster Art Schools. In the 1890's he exhibited views of Lelant at the Royal Academy. From 1903 to the end of his life he lived at Zareba on Trelohyan Hill, but traveled extensively, painting not only in the Cotswolds and Kent, but also abroad in France, Spain and Portugal. At the March Show Day in 1911 he exhibited 'A Bracing Breeze to a Gale it Grew', 'Westward as the Sun Went Down', and 'Portalegre', all in oils working from Piazza Studios, St. Ives. Working locally with STISA, he showed three large canvases at Show Day in 1924, and from 1926 with NAG. His titles include: 'Cotswold Stream' (RA 1912), 'The Pool' (1913), 'Low Tide on Bar, Evening on the South Downs' (1924), 'October Mists in Berkshire' (1924), 'The Pool Below the Hatch, Willow Herb' and 'On the Great Ouse'. Tovey comments on this fascination for Corfe Castle (Dorset) which repeatedly featured in his work. He was survived by his wife, also an artist member of STISA (no records), who died in 1947.
  • Oil on Canvas, 76x60cm. Hubert Arthur Finney 1905-1991 Provenance: Purchased from the artists son. Hubert Arthur Finney was a talented draughtsman by the age of 14. He won a trade scholarship to Beckenham School of Art and then moved to the Royal College of Art in 1924. He won the prestigious traveling scholarship to Italy and was befriended by the then Principal later Sir, William Rothenstein. His friends and contemporaries included Charles Mahoney, Percy Horton, Gerald Ososki, Barnett Friedman and Edward Le Bas. During the war he served in the Civil Defence in London driving ambulances, but became ill in late 1944 with pleurosy from debris dust. In 1945 he moved to Wokingham in Berkshire with his new wife Amy, and in 1946 too a post with the University of Reading as a lecturer in fine art where he predominantly taught life drawing. He went to the University of Milwaukee on an exchange in 1965 and on his retirement returned to England and moved to Somerset in 1969 where he lived until his death in 1991. His works have been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy, the Louvre in Paris and some are held in public collections. A studio sale was held in 2007 by the late Duncan Campbell in his South Kensington Gallery.
  • Oil on Board, 48x41cm. Arthur Spooner 1873-1962 Provenance: Available on purchase. Arthur Spooner taught landscape and figurative painting at the Nottingham College of Art in the early to mid 1900's. A member of the Royal Society of Artists, he was feted during his lifetime and is one of Nottingham's most famous painters. His earlier work included landscapes, portraits, and figure subjects, but few have survived. Today portraits by Arthur Spooner may sell for five figure sums, but the Goose Fair was bought for much more. In 2004, after a bidding war, Sir Harry Djanogly purchased the painting for £218,050.
  • Oil on Canvas, 58x50cm. Gustave Lino 1893-1961 Provenance: Ex-private collection, Paris Gustave Lino was a French painter born in Mulhouse, October 27th 1893, and died in Algiers in 1961. He sailed for Algiers at the age of 19 in 1912, but was put in "civil prison" in Ajecco, Corsica in 1914 as a German citizen (Mulhouse was part of the German Empire since 1871). He spent the First World War on the Island of Beauty and painted among other subjects the historic Hotel Solferino Ajaccio and also completed religious decorations at the Castle Malaspena, Massa Belgodere. By December 1918 he had returned to Algiers, where he became a pupil of Georges-Antoine Rochegrosse. He exhibited at the Salon of French Artists in 1926, and Danton gallery Rue La Boetie in 1927. Besides Algeria, where there are paintings permanently held in Algiers and Bou-Saada, he travelled to Italy (coast of Naples, Sicily), Spain, Morocco and Tunisia; Sidi Bou Said, Tunis-Bizerte. He was a painter of the group known as the "Painters of Poetic Reality" (with Jean Cavailles Legueult, Planson, Maurice Brianchon), and was a close friend of Albert Marquet. Marcelle Marquet said of him that "he succeeded better than the Marquet himself". He was also praised by Albert Camus who said of Gustave Lino "His seascapes, if one feels the influence of Marquet, are not less real successes, sensitive, fresh and unique" (about the Salon Algerian artists of 1934). His palette is very colourful, often linear, with a predilection for a blue motif, not just of the northern cities of Algeria, but also the landscapes of southern Laghouat, Touggourt or El Oued, and Italy. He was a prominent member of the School of Algiers, he exhibited at the Galerie de l'Institut rue de Seine in 1956, and posthumously received the last Grand Prix Artistic of Ageria in 1962.
  • Oil on Board, 40x32cm. James Docharty A.R.S.A. 1829-1878 Docharty was born in the calico-printing district of the Vale of Leven, at Bonhill, near Bumbarton, where his father was employed in one of the numerous works for which that locality divides its fame with football playing. He served his apprenticeship as a pattern designer, which profession he persued in Glasgow until about 1861, when he took seriously to the profession of a landscape-painter, for which he always had a strong predilection. His first studies of any consequence were made at the village of Ardenadarn, a watering place on the Holy Loch on the Clyde, after which the establishment of the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts afforded him an opportunity of putting his works before the public. The quality of his landscapes, in which the character of Scottish landscape was simply and truthfully delineated, rapidly brought him into notice, and led to his election as an Associate of the Scottish Academy in 1877. He was a regular exhibitor at the local exhibitions, the Scottish Academy, and during the last few years of his life, at the Royal Academy, where his works were favourably noticed. In the spring on 1866, on account of his heath begining to fail, he left for a trip to Egypt, in the course of which he made some sketches of Nile scenery which he never wrought out; and afterwards spent some months at the Isle of Wight, in spite of the pulmonary complaint from which he had been suffering terminated fatally in Glasgow in 1878.
  • Oil on Board, 34x23cm. Ernest Borough Johnson 1867-1949 Inscribed verso March 1916. Born in Shifnal in Shropshire, Johnson was a painter in oils, watercolours, tempera and pastel of portraits, figure subjects and landscapes. He was also an important lithographer, etcher and charcoal draughtsman. Johnson studied at the Slade School under Alphonse Legros and at the Herkomer School, Bushey. He exhibited very widely at the principal London galleries from 1886 and extensively abroad. Elected an RBA in 1896, RI in 1906 - he received an Honourable Mention at the Paris Salon in 1922, and a silver medal in 1923. Amongst his published books were 'The Art of the Pencil' which is a wonderful record of his fine draughtsmanship. He was Professor of Fine Arts, Bedford College, London University, and for fifteen years Headmaster of the Art Department of Chelsea Polytechic. Amongst his highly successful work as an illustrator was Thomas Hardy's 'Tess of the D'Urbevilles'. His work is represented in public collections worldwide.
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    Oil on Canvas, 71x71cm. William Shackleton 1872-1933 Provenance: Royal Academy Exhibit 1900. William Shackleton, a painter of subject interest and landscapes, he was born in Bradford on January 14th 1872. The son of a paper manufacturer and merchant, William was educated locally at Bradford Grammar School. On leaving school he went on to study at Bradford Techical College. His training at Bradford enhanced his natural abilities in drawing and painting, enabling him to win a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1893. In 1896 a further scholarship from the British Institute enabled him to persue his studies in Paris and Italy. William Shackleton was highly influenced by Turner and his acquaintance Watts, the master of symbolism. Indeed shackleton described his own work as 'conscientious symbolism'. On his return to England, Shackleton settled in Fulham. He shared a studio with fellow painters Philip Connard and Oliver Onions in Chelsea. He spend the summer months with Edward Stott in Sussex. He began to exhibit on a regular basis: 1895-1919 Included in exhibitions at the Royal Academy, 1899 Exhibited with the New English Art Club, finally becoming a member in 1909. 1910 Solo show at the Goupil Gallery 1913 A further show at the Twenty-One Gallery 1910-1922 Represented Britain at the Venice Biennale 1919 After WWI, he acquired a cottage beneath Goredale Scar, and spent much time painting the area. 1927 Exhibition at Barbizon House He died in London on 9th January 1933. A memorial exhibition was held in Bradford that year at Cartwright Hall. Examples of Shackleton's work can be found locally at Cartwright Hall and nationally at the Tate.
  • Oil on Canvas, 60x50cm. Stone exh.1935- Provenance: Ex private collection. This wonderful painting is very evocative of post war England and beautifully observed. Little is known of this fascinating artist, although we have had work by him in the past. His first recorded address is in Brighton, when in the pre-war years he visited Cornwall and exhibited a number of Cornish paintings at the Royal Academy during this period. Following World War II, he continued to exhibit at the Academy from addresses in Sussex at Rottingdean and Newheaven.
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    Oil on Board, 90x80cm. James Kessell 1915-1978 Provenance : Ex-private collection, R.O.I. exhibit 1953. Born in Coventry, James Kessell specialised in oils. He was the son of James Everett Kessell and studied at the Coventry School of Art from 1928-1934. He exhibited at numerous principal galleries including the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Society of Marine Artists etc. His work is held in a number of public collections.
  • Oil on Board, 74.5x64cm. Alexander C Koolman R.P., R.B.A. 1907-1998 Alex Koolman was a noted painter in oil and pastel of portraits and figures, often in interiors. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of British Artists, being elected a member in 1948, and also with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. An example of his work is held by Kirklees Muesums & Galleries. He lived in London for many years.
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    Oil on Canvas, 90x64cmcm. Alexander C Koolman R.P., R.B.A. 1907-1998 Alex Koolman was a noted painter in oil and pastel of portraits and figures, often in interiors. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of British Artists, being elected a member in 1948, and also with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. An example of his work is held by Kirklees Muesums & Galleries. He lived in London for many years.
  • Oil on Canvas, 52x59cm. Edward Burnham Hughes N.E.A.C. 1905-1987 Provenance: New English Art Club exhibit (exhibition label verso) Frank Hughes was born at St. Pancras, London. He studied at St. Martin's School of Art in the 1920's and served in the British Army in WW2. In order to support himself he worked in administration for the London Water Board. He had an important friendship with the painter Edward Bishop R.B.A., N.E.A.C. Other contemporaries were Francis Gower, Brian Blow and Ronald Horton. He also worked with Marjorie Jenkins at and around Gooseberry Cottage, Lindsey Tye, near Hadleigh, Suffolk. His partner in later years was Kathleen Haacke MBE. He traveled with her in Italy and France, producing on their travels drawings and watercolours of landscapes and cafes: these formed the basis of subsequent paintings, often, like his portraits, dark and small. He had a hatred of the establishment and was very left wing in his outlook. He spent most of his life in Hampstead and North London, working from a studio in Muswell Hill for 25 years.
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    Oil on Board, 42x35cm. Mathy 1897-1978 A belgian artist, he was born in Landen and studied art at the Academy of Verviers before furthering his education in Antwerp. His studies were cut short by the outbreak of World War I with the young artist joining the army as a volunteer. His next four years would be spent in the trenches. It was during this period that he met, and was befriended by the great landscape painter Henri Houben, a chance meeting that was to pave the way for his later success as an artist. Unlike many of his contemporaries who by now were embracing expressionism, stylistically Heni Mathy still remained in the 19th Century tradition concerned with the accurate depiction of rural life. His work is renowned for its highly atmospheric quality. its subtle yet evocative colouring and technical mastery. A frequent exhibitor at numerous exhibitions throughout Belguim, he also showed in France and Germany during the 1920's. Henri Mathy died in Brussels in 1978 but his paintings can be seen today in the provincial museums of Brabant and Hainaut as well as the city museums of Charletroi, Mons and Verviers in Belgium.
  • Oil on Canvas, 52x42cm. Murray R.A., P.R.I., R.S.A. 1849-1933 One of the most influential and respected painters of his period, David Murray was born in Glasgow. After spending eleven years with a mercantile firm he was to become an artist and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. In his early years he painted almost exclusively in Scotland before moving to London in 1883. Following this period he travelled extensively on the continent in particular Italy. He was knighted in 1918.