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    Oil on Board, 76x56cm. Russell R.B.A., R.I., R.O.I., R.S.M.A. 1892-1970 Gyrth Russell was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in April 1892, the last of eight children. His father, a canadian M.P., was also Supreme High Court Judge for Nova Scotia. At the age of fourteen, Gyrth began his artistic career at Halifax School of Art, and quickly graduated to the School of Art at Boston Mass'. His first job was as a draughtsman in the Public Works Department of Canade, in Halifax. It was during this period he saw and sketched the cable ship 'Mackay Bennett' returning to her Halifax Station, her decks piled high with coffins containing bodies found after the Titanic disaster. In 1911 Gyrth left Canada to study at the Academie Julian and Academie Calorossi in Paris. At the outbreak of War, Gyrth left France for London where he was commissioned, under the command of Lord Beaverbrook, as an official War Artist for the Canadian Sector, and spent most of 1918 in Northern France painting the ravaged landscapes. During the course of the First World War he worked with amongst others, Augustus John, Orpen and Frank Brangwyn. Between the wars Gyrth earned his living as an artist in film studios, designing Railway posters, lecturing and writing. During this time he was elected to membership of the R.B.A., R.I., R.O.I., and the R.S.M.A., as well as being an active member of the Langham Sketchclub. In 1944, bombed out of London, Gyrth moved to Yorkshire, where apart from continuing his work as an artist, he became a regular visiting lecturer at Doncaster School of Art. In 1953 he moved for the last time, to Penarth in South Wales, where he continued to work until his death in December 1970. Whilst in South Wales his talents as an artist and a lecturer were as much in demand as ever. He became an active member of both the Watercolour Society of Wales and the South Wales Art Society. Gyrth Russell was a prolific and talented artist whose works were much more sought after during his lifetime and have become increasingly more so since his death.
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    Watercolour, 73x62cm. Alexander Kellock Brown R.S.A., R.S.W., R.I. 1849-1923 Kellock Brown was born in Edinburgh studying first at the Glasgow School of Art and later attending Heatherley's in London. His first Royal Academy painting was exhibited in 1872 and he became a regular exhibitor both in London and in the principal Scottish galleries from this date. He was to spend much of his life in Glasgow and remains a painter in the true Scottish watercolour tradition. Additional details on request.
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    Oil on Canvas, 100x87cm. James Horton R.B.A. b.1948 James Horton studied first at the Sir John Cass School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. He was quickly given his first one-man show at the Hay Galleries, Hay on Wye and quickly followed with others in Belfast, Dublin, Cambridge and Stockholm. Horton has exhibited at many principal London galleries including the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Portrait Society, New English Art Club etc. Additional information on request.
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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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    Oil on Canvas, 78x94cm. b.1926 Ken Paine was born in Lambeth, London in 1926. He studied at Twickenham College of Art and later with R.O. Dunlop RA. After travelling extensively for several years, the artist settled in the United States. It was during this time that he further developed his interest in portraiture, and of the character studies which have become his life's work. He travelled all around the States, painting people from all walks of life, before returning to England to set up his studio. Since 1962 the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Pastel Society have exhibited his work, and his commissions have included many dignitaries and celebrities. Paine is a member of the Pastel Society and the Societie des Pastellistes de France. He has won numerous awards for his portraiture both in the UK and France. His work has been exhibited widely over the years and he has held many solo exhibitions. In 1999 a major retrospective of his work was stages in Bath Museum. In 2004 Toulouse Museum acquired two of his works. Ken Paine works in all media, but pastel is the medium for which he is most well known. His work leans towards the romantic and shows genuine pathos without being sentimental. The vitality revealed in his portraits can be awe-inspiring. The artist's empathy with his subjects produces a quite unique artistic result which is admired world wide. A beautifully illustrated biography: 'Ken Paine - His life and work' by Michael Simonow, was published by Mechanick Excersises in 1997. In 2001 an hour long documentary on his life and work was commissioned by Sky Television's cultural channel. Purchased from a private collection, full provenance and additional information is available.
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    Oil on Board, 38x47cm. James Horton R.B.A. b.1948 James Horton studied first at the Sir John Cass School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. He was quickly given his first one-man show at the Hay Galleries, Hay on Wye and quickly followed with others in Belfast, Dublin, Cambridge and Stockholm. Horton has exhibited at many principal London galleries including the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Portrait Society, New English Art Club etc. Additional information on request.
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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, 88x108cm. Garnet Ruskin Wolseley 1884 - 1967 Provenance : Ex private collection, It seems likely that the children depicted in this work are the daughters of Lamorna Birch and the setting is Lamorna in Cornwall. Garnet Wolseley started his formal training under Herbert Van Herkomer continuing his studies at the Slade under Henry Tonks and Fred Brown where he won a gold medal. In 1908 aged 24 he moved to Newlyn, quickly forging a close relationship with Harold and Laura Knight who had moved from Staithes the previous year. Both these artists had a considerable effect on his development as an artist.
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    Oil on Canvas, 55x44cm. Florence A Saltmer exh. 1882 - 1908 An artist with a distinctive style, Florence Saltmer lived at various times in London, Surrey and Sussex. She exhibited with considerable success at numerous principal London galleries including the Royal Academy, Royal Institute, Royal Society of Oil Painters, Society of Women Artists etc.
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    Watercolour, 44x54cm. Joseph Twigg 1884 - 1912 Provenance : Dudley Gallery (original label verso). A superb example of the work of watercolourist Joseph Twigg. In original condition it is mounted in an excellent water gilded watts frame. The artist specialised in landscape and architectural subjects and exhibited in London at principal galleries that included the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute. His principal gallery, the Dudley Gallery, was a regular venue for his work. He lived at various times in Walton on Thames, Eastbourne and Northwood in Middlesex.
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    Oil on Board, 58x50cm. Alexander Jamieson R.O.I., I.S. 1873 - 1927 An important Scottish painter, he studied at the Haldane Academy in Glasgow where he won a scholarship to Paris in 1898. He was elected a member of the International Sculptors, Painters and Gravers and a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. His first one-man show was held at the Carfax Gallery in 1912. His work is represented in a number of important public collections.
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    Oil on Canvas, 57x43cm. James Campbell Noble R.S.A. 1846 - 1913 James Campbell Noble was born in Edinburgh, studying first at the board of manufacture in Edinburge and later at the school of the Royal Scottish Academy under J.P.Charles and McTaggart where he won the Keith prize. He exhibited in London at the Royal Academy in 1880 and was elected as a full member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1892.
  • Watercolour, 56x44cm. Dudley Hardy R.I., R.B.A., R.M.S., P.S. 1867 - 1922 An exceptional talent Dudley Hardy was the eldest son of the marine painter Thomas Bush Hardy. He studied first under his father and then at the age of fifteen was sent to the Dusseldorf Academy and studied under Crola and Lowenstein. He rebelled against the teaching methods of the Academy and left remaining in Dusseldorf painting landscapes and genre. However he did decide to return to the Academy for a further three years before returning to England. He then spent a spell at the Antwerp Academy under Verlat and for two years in Paris with Collin and Rossi. He evidently had a vivid imagination as he acted as 'war artist in the Sudan' for a periodical while living in London! He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1885, and he quickly established his reputation with the showing in 1888 of his first large canvas Sans Asile. He painted many Eastern scenes and later a number of Breton genre subjects, he was also well known for his theatre posters that include the famous 'Yellow Girl'.
  • Watercolour, 56x44cm. Dudley Hardy R.I., R.B.A., R.M.S., P.S. 1867 - 1922 Provenance : Exhibition label verso - The Graves Gallery. An exceptional talent Dudley Hardy was the eldest son of the marine painter Thomas Bush Hardy. He studied first under his father and then at the age of fifteen was sent to the Dusseldorf Academy and studied under Crola and Lowenstein. He rebelled against the teaching methods of the Academy and left remaining in Dusseldorf painting landscapes and genre. However he did decide to return to the Academy for a further three years before returning to England. He then spent a spell at the Antwerp Academy under Verlat and for two years in Paris with Collin and Rossi. He evidently had a vivid imagination as he acted as 'war artist in the Sudan' for a periodical while living in London! He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1885, and he quickly established his reputation with the showing in 1888 of his first large canvas Sans Asile. He painted many Eastern scenes and later a number of Breton genre subjects, he was also well known for his theatre posters that include the famous 'Yellow Girl'.
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    Oil on Canvas, 52x60cm. Grace M Sainsbury fl. 1888 - 1917 Provenance : Remnant of an exhibition label (possibly ROI). An exceptional example by the London based artist Grace Sainsbury who specialised in figure and landscape painting. She exhibited at many of the principle London galleries including the Royal Academy and the Society of Women Artists. This particular example is in wonderful original condition and retains its original exhibition frame.
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    Watercolour, 47x41cm. Albert Moulton Foweraker R.B.A. 1873 - 1942 Provenance : Ex private collection. Born in Exeter, Moulto Foweraker began life as an engineer but in 1898 became a full time painter. In 1902 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. He was an exhibitor at principal London and provincial galleries during which time he traveled extensively in Spain, Southern France and North Africa. He produced many paintings on his travels although it is for his Devon and Cornish paintings that he is best known.