• Dorothea Maclagan Born in Greenock, she studied at the Byam Shaw and Cole School of Art between 1914 and 1917. She then studied for five years at the Royal Academy Schools where her tutors included Sir George Clausen and Ernest Jackson. While at the Academy Schools she won a silver medal for drawing, the Armitage Prize, the Landseer Prize and the Landseer Scholarship. She kept a studio in London throughout the 1920's and exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, the Royal Portrait Society and the New English Art Club as well as in the provinces and in Sweeden and Holland. Amongst her close artist friends were Glyn Philpot, Vivian Forbes and John Nash. During the 1930's she moved to Meadle in the Vale of Aylesbury where she made a garden and began to specialise more in botanical work. After the was she had one-woman shows in Cambridge and at Dartington Great Hall. She continued to exhibit regularly in London and exhibited more than 40 paintings at the Royal Academy during her career. Her highly sensitive work, often on a small scale reflects the influence of her thorough classical training. She delighted in 'concentrated' work and botanical painting and her meticulous watercolour style and precise observation. Her figure studies whilst possessing great academic skill also reveal a subtle and human tenderness.
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    Oil on Canvas, 56x40cm. Joseph Horlor 1809 - 1887 One of the best known West Country painters of his period and like many others working at this time he visited Wales on frequent occasions. He adopted a free and loose style and his sense of light for dramatic effect is highly succesful. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Suffolk Street and other principal galleries.
  • Watercolour, 77x100cm. Charles Branwhite A.O.W.S. 1817 - 1880 Painted in 1876, this is possibly an exhibition painting by the Bristol painter Charles Branwhite. He was the son of N.C. Branwhite, the painter, and began his career as a sculptor. He studied painting first with his father and then with the celebrated W.J. Muller. A resident of Bristol all his life, he was to become a good friend of two of Bristol's best know painters - Samuel Jackson and Francis Danby. A number of important public collections hold his work, including the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Bristol City Art Gallery.
  • 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.
  • Oil on Canvas, 98x77cm. Noble Barlow R.B.A. 1861 - 1917 John Noble Barlow was born in Manchester in 1861. He studied art at the Academie Julian in Paris under Jules Joseph Lefebre, Paul Delance and Constant. After leaving Paris he continued his studies in Belgium, Holland and New York. He became a U.S. citizen in 1887 where he lived in Providence, Rhode Island, becoming a member of the Providence Art Club. During this period he exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Art Institute of Chicago. Some five years later he returned to England and St. Ives. He soon gained a reputation and was elected a member of the Society of British Artists and was a successful medal winner at the Paris Salon in 1899 and in 1900 at the Paris Exposition. For many years he maintained a studio at Lamorna Valley. John Barlow was en exceptional landscape painter as this example clearly indicates. His work is held in a number of public collections both in the U.S.A. and at home. The Rhode Island School of Design museum currently displays three of his works. Many of the artist's pupils at the John Barlow School of Art became successful painters including Garstin Cox, William Cox, Herbert George, Anna Hills and Edgar Nye.
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    Oil on Board, 46x30cm. Adolphus Knell fl. 1860 - 1890 Adolphus Knell is believed to be one of the sons of the marine painter William Adolphus Knell (1818 - 1875). There were at least four well known marine painters in the Knell family including John Henry and William Calcott Knell. At different times they shared the same residential London address but their exact relationship is unclear. Adolphus Knell was first listed as a painter in Bath later moving to Bristol where he lived and painted for most of his life. He specialised in the busy waterways and harbours of Southern England. A large collection of his work is held in the Old Customs House, Lymington.
  • Oil on Board, 42x37cm. Dudley Hardy R.I., R.B.A., R.M.S., P.S. 1867 - 1922 Provenance : This exceptional small panel is described in 'Brush, Pen and Pencil' a biography of the artist's life. (further details on request) An exceptional talent, Dudly 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 spend a spell at the Antwerp Academy under Verlat and for two years in Paris with Collin and Rossi. He veidentley 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 quikly 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 Board, 30x40cm. George Charles Haite R.I., R.O.I., R.B.A., R.B.C. 1855 - 1924 A highly talented artist, Haite worked in both oil and watercolour and as a designer produced wallpaper, leaded glass and metalwork. The son of George Haite the designer he received little encouragement from his father and was largely self taught. He arrived in London in 1872 and his early years were devoted to design work. He later turned to painting and became very successful, he first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1883. He was elected President of the Langham Sketch Club and President of The Institute of Decorative Designers.
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    Oil on Board, 35x30cm. Marius Alexander Jacques Bauer 1867 - 1932 Considered one of the most important Belgian painters of his period this painting executed during the First World War is particularly poignant. The recent revival of interest in Orientalism has led to the rediscovery of the Dutch artist Marius Bauer. Bauer was an inveterate traveller, going off to India, Indonesia, Turkey, Palestine and Morocco among other destinations. In 1888 he was given the opportunity to make his first trip east, to Istanbul, by the art dealer E.J. van Wisselingh. He returned with more than 100 drawings and several full sketchbooks. This pattern repeated itself again and again. Among the cities he visited were Cairo, Luxor, Jerusalem, Agra and Benares. He was irresistably drawn to street life, the colourful populace and the exotic landscape of parts of the world that were then unfamiliar to most people. There Bauer found inspiration for spacious landscapes and picturesque city scenes. In addition to drawings, he also made etchings, aquarelles anf paintings. (Singer Museum)
  • Miriam Deane exh. 1890's - 1927 A stunning watercolour by Miriam Deane who was born in Liverpool and later moved to London. An accomplished artist with a confident loose style she exhibited with considerable success at numerous venues both in London and the provinces including the London Salon, Waller Art Gallery, Liverpool and the Glasgow Institute.
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    Oil on Canvas, 40x32cm. Jacobus Matthys Damschroeder 1825 - 1905 Born in Germany, Jan Damschroeder spent most of his life working in Amsterdam, where we believe this work to be set. He specialised in genre paintings, often with the inclusion of children. A painting entitled 'The Village School' was sold at a London auction house c.1900 for what was then the considerable sum of 30 guineas. Damschroeder worked in both oils and watercolours, often painting on a more modest scale than this example. It would seem that this is a major large work and was painted as an exhibition piece.
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    George F. Gregory 1815 - 1885 Born in England, he began his working life as a draughtsman with the Thames Iron Works. He set sail for Australia in 1848 at the time of the 1848 gold rush. By 1854 he had established himself as a specialist marine painter in Melbourne. His style has a tendency to the naive which gives his work a considerable charm. It would seem he was reasonably successful as a good number of his works survive in both private and public collections. The Peabody Museum of Salem holds three examples of his work.
  • Watercolour, 70x90cm. Elizabeth (miss) Gulland d.1934 Both a painter and engraver this artist was born in Edinburgh. She exhibited at the principal London galleries from 1884 and also at the Royal Scottish Academy. This haunting portrait illustrates her considerable individuality and her skill as a gifted and original artist. She lived for many years at Bushey where Herkomer founded his influential school of painting.
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    Hagarty exh. 1882 - 1928 A highly successful artist, Mary Hagarty was elected a full member of the Society of Women Artists in 1918. Principally a watercolour painter, she painted the landscape of England and Wales and held a strong affection for Venice where she exhibited many works of the city. She lived for some time in both London and Liverpool and exhibited 131 works at the Walker Art Gallery and numerous works at the principal London galleries, including the Royal Academy, Royal Institute and the Royal Society of British Artists.
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    Watercolour, 10x7cm. Bartram (Frederick John) Hiles R.W.A. 1872 - 1927 Born in Bristol, the artist lost both his arms at the age of eight in a tram accident. Despite this incredible disability he taught himself to draw and paint holding the brush in his mouth. He attended art classes at the Merchant Venture's Technical college in Bristol and later won a scholarship to the National Art Training School. At the Institution he won several prizes and subsequently visited Paris, returning to London where he worked in decoration and exhibited regularly with the R.B.A. Bartram Hiles had a very successful career in spite of his disability and exhibited at many leading London and provincial galleries. He was elected a member of the Royal West of England Academy and his work was purchased by Queen Victoria.
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    Watercolour, 24x15cm. Arthur Wilde Parsons R.W.A. 1854 - 1931 A well known Bristol landscape and marine painter, he worked in both oil and watercolour. Much of his subject matter was taken from the West Country and Cornwall where he was a regular visitor. He was a regular exhibitor at the London galleries, including the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute, the Royal Society of British Artists etc. He was elected a member of the R.W.A. and lived for much of his life in Rodgate, Bristol.