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    Oil on Canvas, 16x26cm. Winifred Wilson c. 1910 - 1978 An interesting painter, a farmer by profession and a pupil of Arnesby Brown, whose influence can be seen in this stunning early work. She met with considerable success, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute, the Paris Salon and America. The Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield holds her work. She lived for much of her life in Barlow, near Sheffield and was the sister of the painters May and Violet Wilson.
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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.
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    Oil on Canvas, 44x38cm. William Selby R.O.I., R.W.S., R.B.A., N.E.A.C., R.S.W. b.1933 William Selby was born in Yorkshire in 1933, the eldest son of a Yorkshire coal miner. For a while he followed his father and became a coal miner, later working in the engineering and insurance industries, but a love of painting has always been a recurring theme in his career. A self taught artist painting in various mediums, William Selby's subject matter is usually still life, landscapes, musicians and figures, and his work demonstrates a strong, bold use of colour and vibrancy, developed by applying layer upon layer with painterly brushstrokes. William Selby is particularly well known for his still life paintings, with everyday objects suspended above colourful backgrounds. His landscape paintings are full of atmosphere with patchwork fields arranged into a vivid abstract design. In recent years Selby has emerged as an important name in British art. His contemporary paintings have created an impressive following and Selby has had solo exhibitions at many galleries in London and the provinces and has exhibited at the principal Academies, Institutes and Societies of Arts, where he has won many major art awards and fellowships. William Selby is an elected member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Water Colour Society, the Royal Society of British Artists, New English Art Club and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour.
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    Etching, 34x40cm. William Lee Hankey R.W.S., R.I., R.O.I., R.E., N.S. 1869 - 1952 Provenance : Ex private collection. Lee Hankey studied under Walter Schroeder at the Royal College of Art having spent an earlier period at the Chester School of Art. He later continued his studies in Paris. He exhibited at many of the principal London galleries from 1893, gaining election to a number of important societies. In 1902 he was elected president of the London Sketch Club. He won a gold medal at the Barcelona International Exhibition and a bronze medal in Chicago. He also exhibited at the Paris Salon and other important galleries. He spent much of his time in the French countryside painting the everyday life of the French peasant. This is a particularly fine etching by the artist in a medium in which he excelled.
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    Oil on Canvas, 20x11cm. William James Muller 1812 - 1845 Born in Bristol, the son of a Prussian refugee. As a young man Muller was apprenticed to J.B. Pyne but the indentures were cancelled after two years. He painted in and around Bristol, visited Wales and travelled up the Rhine to Switzerland, Venice, Florence and Rome. He made many drawings and sketches on his travels, which he later worked up into finished paintings. He was especially enthralled by Venice of which he painted many of his best pictures. In 1839 he visited Greece, Egypt, Malta and Naples and later northern France and Turkey. He is now best known for his Venetian and Middle Eastern scenes.
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    Oil on Canvas, 50x42cm. William Dacre Adams N.P.S. 1864-1951 William Dacre Adams was educated at Radley College and Exeter College, Oxford. He studied art under Herkomer at Bushey in Hertfordshire and later in Munich. He exhibited at many of the principal London galleries including the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute and in particular the Fine Art Society. He was elected a member of the Royal Portrait Society and was Associate Societie Nationale de Beaux Arts. He lived for a time at Lechdale, Gloucestershire; London, and finally at Lewes, Sussex.
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    Watercolour, 10x7cm. William Bernard Reid exh. 1916 - 1938 A stunning early example from the Edinburgh artist, unmistakably Scottish. Reid specialised in figures in landscape to great effect. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Glasgow Institute, Royal Scottish Academy etc.
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    Watercolour, 7x10cm. Wendela Boreel b.1895 Probably Sickert's favourite pupil, she was one of 'Sickert's Girls'. She studied at the Slade under Henry Tonks and was later to be installed in Sickert's studio in Mornington Crescent and became Sickert's most admired pupil. She exhibited with considerable success in London at the Royal Academy, the New England Art Club etc., and had her first one-man show at the Walker Gallery in Bond Street. She worked in various mediums and was a fine etcher.
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    Thomas Stothard R.A. Provenance: J. S. Maas & Co Ltd., New Bond S 1755 - 1834 Born in London, attended school at Acomb, yadcaster and Ilford, Essex. Apprenticed to a draughtsman of patterns for brocaded silks in Spitalfields, and during his spare time he attempted illustrations for the works of his favourite poets. In 1778 he became a student of the Royal Academy, of which he was elected associate in 1792 and full academician in 1794. Among his earliest book illustrations are plates engraved for Ossian and for Bell's Poets; and in 1780 he became a regular contributor to the Novelist's Magazine, for which he produced 148 designs, including his eleven illustrations to Peregrine Pickle and his graceful subjects from Clarissa and Sir Charles Grandison. From 1786, Thomas Fielding, a friend of Stothard`s and engraver, produced engravings using designs of Stothard, Angelika Kauffmann, and of his own. He designed plates for pocket-books, tickets for concerts, illustrations to almanacs, portraits of popular actors. Among his more important series are the two sets of illustrations to Robinson Crusoe, one for the New Magazine and one for Stockdale's edition, and the plates to The Pilgrim's Progress, to Harding's edition of Goldsmith's Vicar of Wakefield, to The Rape of the Lock , to the works of Solomon Gessner, to William Cowper's Poems, and to The Decameron; while his figure-subjects in the superb editions of Samuel Rogers's Italy and Poems prove that even in old age his imagination was still fertile, and his hand firm. He is at his best in subjects of a domestic or a gracefully ideal sort; the heroic and the tragic were beyond his powers.His oil pictures are usually small in size. Their colouring is often rich and glowing, being founded upon the practice of Rubens, of whom Stothard was a great admirer. The "Vintage," perhaps his most important oil painting, is in the National Gallery. He was a contributor to John Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery, but his best-known painting is the "Procession of the Canterbury Pilgrims," also in the National Gallery, the engraving from which, begun by Luigi and continued by Niccolo Schiavonetti and finished by James Heath, was immensely popular. The commission for this picture was given to Stothard by Robert Hartley Cromek, and was the cause of a quarrel with his friend William Blake. It was followed by a companion work, the "Flitch of Bacon," which was drawn in sepia for the engraver but was never carried out in colour. In addition to his easel pictures, Stothard decorated the grand staircase of Burghley House, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, with subjects of War, Intemperance, and the Descent of Orpheus in Hell (1799-1803); the mansion of Hafod, North Wales, with a series of scenes from Froissart and Monstrelet (1810); the cupola of the upper hall of the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh (later occupied by the Signet Library), with Apollo and the Muses, and figures of poets, orators, etc. (1822); and he prepared designs for a frieze and other decorations for Buckingham Palace, which were not executed, owing to the death of George IV. He also designed the magnificent shield presented to the Duke of Wellington by the merchants of London, and executed with his own hand a series of eight etchings from the various subjects which adorned it. In the British Museum is a collection, in four volumes, of engravings of Stothard's works, made by Robert Balmanno.
  • 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.
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    Watercolour, 11x10cm. Susan Bower R.O.I., R.B.A. b.1953 Born in Yorkshire she was a student of William Selby. Her paintings, often figurative, reveal a world of experiences and situations translated through a degree of abstraction. Elected a member of the R.O.I. in 1992 and a member of the R.B.A. in 1998 she has exhibited at numerous principal galleries including the Royal Academy. She was awarded the Cuthbert Mill prize in 1996 at the R.B.A., the Le Clese Medal in 1998 at the R.O.I. and the Alan Gourley Memorial award in 2000.
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  • 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.
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    Watercolour, 70x90cm. Ruskin Spear R.A. 1911 - 1990 Born in Hammersmith, London, where he spent most of his life and which he frequently painted. An attack of polio as a child badly affected one leg so he attended Brook Green School for crippled children. At the age of fifteen he won a scholarship to the Hammersmith School of Art, another scholarship in 1930 taking him to the Royal College of Art for four year under William Rotherstein. Essentially an English painter in the Sickert tradition, his working class background was reflected in his pictures of seedy back streets and bar room life. An important painter, he painted many portraits, including Winston Churchill, Princess Anne, Margaret Thatcher, Lord Hailsham, Lord Olivier et al.
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    Oil on Board, 42x36cm. Ronald Ossory Dunlop R.A., R.B.A., N.E.A.C., L.G. 1896-1973 Provenance: Ex private collection. Born in Dublin, a painter of figure subjects, landscapes, portraits and still life. He was educated at Saffron Walden in Essex and worked for an advertising agency from the age of nineteen and after the First World War abandoned this for painting. He attended evening classes at the Wimbledon School of Art, and also studied in Manchester and Paris. In 1923 he founded the Emotionist Group of Writers and Artists. He held his first one-man show in 1928 at the Redfern Gallery. His work is represented in numerous public collections.
  • Oil on Canvas, 79x60cm. Robert Craig fl. 1879 - 1888 Little is known of this particularly gifted Scottish painter and his work is rarely on the market. He is known to have lived at Craegest, Dalkeith - an address from which exhibited five works at the Royal Scottish Academy. He also exhibited at the Glasgow Institute but appears not to have exhibited in England. Technically a fine painter with a good eye for composition, this is a delightful study from Victorian Scotland.