• 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oil on Board, 30x38cm. Clifford Frith b.1924 A well executed portrait probably painted in the early 1850's by one of Australia's leading artists. Clifford Frith was born in London in 1924 where he studied at the Camberwell and St. Martin's School of Art. He emigrated to Australia in 1977. Over the past fifty years he has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Canada and the UK. He is principally known for his sculptures and has received many public commissions. However, he was no slouch with a brush being a finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize for his portrait of Robyn Archer. Clifford Frith's work is featured in numerous public, corporate and private collections nationally and internationally including the Tate Gallery, London; South London Gallery; Hull Art Gallery; Tel Aviv Art Gallery, Israel; Contemporary Art Society, London; Sussex University; United National Gallery of Australia; Art Gallery of South Australia; Parliament House, Canberra; Fliners University of South Australia; Adelaide Festival Centre; South Australian College of Advanced Education and Adelaide University.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Oil on Board, 57x47cm. Algernon Mayow Talmage R.A., R.O.I., R.W.A., A.R.E. 1871-1939 Talmage studied at the Herkomer School and in St. Ives, staying on in the town to assist Julius Olsson at his painting school. He went on to exhibit internationally, winning medals in America and in Paris and he was elected a full Royal Academician in 1929. Like many of his St. Ives colleagues he favoured moonlit subjects painted in a restrained impressionist manner intending to convey atmosphere and mood.
  • 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.
  • Watercolour, 94x70cm. Augustus Walford Weedon R.I., R.B.A. 1838-1908 Augustus Walford Weedon was born in London and painting in watercolour specialised in landscape subjects, depicting views in England, Scotland and Wales. He is also known to have travelled to Holland where he produced views mostly of canals and waterways. He exhibited extensively in London and provincial galleries, where his works were well received. He was elected to the Society of British Artists in 1883, and to the Royal Institue of Painters in Watercolours in 1887. An Exhibition of his works was held at the Fine Art Society in London in June 1908, and two of his paintings are recorded as hanging in the Melbourne and Sydney Art Galleries in Australia.
  • Watercolour, 11x17cm. James Barnes 1870 - 1920 James Barnes exhibited a staggering 131 works at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, during his lifetime. A painter of great skill, his work has a wonderful ethereal feeling, as well as the genuine touch of the Liverpool school at this period. He appears to have spent his entire working life in Liverpool, and his commitment to the Walker Art Gallery is obvious. He exhibited at the principal galleries, both in the provinces and London, including the Royal academy. The theme of this painting appears to have been a particular favourite of the artist.