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Belle Femme en Déshabillé - French 19th Century Belle Epoque Oil Painting Portrait of Paris Society Girl
£39950

This is a large fine 19th century oil painting portrait of a young society beauty captured in semi-undress by the eminent French Academic painter Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825-1891). ‘Belle Femme en Déshabillé’ is signed by the artist and sold in a superb quality newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf neoclassical frame. The painting is in my opinion one of the artist’s most striking three-quarter length portraits, and certainly captures one of his most attractive sitters.

 

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age having been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

 

Chaplin’s celebrated portraits of young women are reminiscent of the 18th century romanticism of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) and François Boucher (1703–1770) but his subjects are nevertheless recognisable as more modern Belle Epoque women. The critical and commercial success of Chaplin’s beautifully lit portraits of sensual young women captured en déshabillé established him as one of the foremost French academic painters of the period.

 

By the late 1850’s Chaplin was being inundated with commissions from the French aristocracy requesting portraits of their wives and daughters. Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, was also a big fan and appointed him an artist of the court. Her and her husband’s enthusiastic support would soon come in especially useful when, in 1859, the Chaplin’s portrait ‘Aurora’ was banned by the judges of the Salon for being “too erotically suggestive”. The disqualification order was subsequently overturned when Napoleon III himself sprung to Chaplin’s defence.

 

During his lifetime Chaplin was awarded numerous medals at the Paris Salon and in 1865 he was declared a Chevalier and later Officer of la Légion d’Honneur (1881). Today, works by Charles Chaplin are held in the collections of the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in St Petersburg, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 90cm x 65cm (35½” x 25½”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 72cm x 47cm (28¼” x 18½”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: Fine gold metal leaf swept frame.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Charles Joshua Chaplin 1825-1991
Madeleine - French 19th Century Portrait Oil Painting of Young Society Beauty
49950

This is a very large fine Victorian oil painting depicting a young society beauty at the turn of the 19th century by the eminent French Royal Academy and Paris Salon painter Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant (1845-1902). ‘Madeleine’ is signed by the artist, and also titled and dated 1901. This important full-length portrait by one of the world’s foremost society painters of the period hangs in a newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf neoclassical frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age having been newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

In the final quarter of the 19th century Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant was one of the world’s leading painters of Orientalist scenes and society portraits – the favourite artist of the English aristocracy – whose patrons included Queen Victoria and the Pope. North American tycoons queued-up with patriarchs of the English nobility to commission portraits of their wives and daughters. The full-length portrait being sold here being a superb example.

Today, the rich and famous dream of being photographed by Mario Testino or Annie Leibovitz, back in 1900 they wanted to be painted by Benjamin-Constant, and his society portraits brilliantly convey the individual personality of the sitter.

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Salon in 1896, made a commander of the Legion d’Honneur, and with Jean-Léon Gérôme foundered the Société des Peintres Orientalistes Français. Paintings by Benjamin-Constant are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.

Dimensions: (framed) 150cm x 116cm (59” x 45¾”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 131cm x 98cm (51½” x 38½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Fine gold metal leaf neoclassical swept frame.
Condition: Excellent. Professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Benjamin-Constant 1845-1902
Masquerade - 19th Century French Portrait Oil Painting of Paris Society Girls
29950

This is a fine large 19th century oil on canvas depicting a double portrait of two young Belle Epoque beauties at a masked ball by the eminent Paris Salon painter Jean-François Portaels (1818-1895). ‘Masquerade’ is signed by the artist and hangs in a superb quality newly commissioned gold metal leaf frame. The painting is also sold with its original 19th century French frame. In 1979, the painting was part of the exhibition ‘From Navez to Devos’ featuring important Belgian art from 1787 to 1954.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

In 1841 Jean-François Portaels enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and became a pupil of the great French history painter Paul Delaroche (1797-1856). The following year Portaels won first prize in the Belgian Prix de Rome and would go on to become one of the most successful Belgian artists of the second half of the 19th century.

In addition to being a renowned painter of subject pictures and orientalist subjects, Portaels was in great demand as a portrait artist with wealthy French clients and members of the Belgian aristocracy. In 1851 he received the Grand Cordon in the Order of Leopold and later admitted as a member of the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts. In 1865 had was appointed artistic advisor to King Leopold II and became director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Ghent and the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Today, his paintings are held in numerous important private collections and European museums.

Dimensions: (framed) 86cm x 69cm (33¾” x 27”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 68cm x 51cm (26¾ x 20”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: 1979; shown in Brussels at the ‘From Navez to Devos’ exhibition. Private French collection.
Presentation: Fine neoclassical gilt metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Jean Francois Portaels 1818-1895
Declaration of Love - French 19th Century Portrait Oil Painting of Paris Beauty
44950

This is a fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting an elegant Parisienne beauty in an opulent salon interior contemplating the contents of a love letter by the celebrated French painter Auguste Toulmouche (1829-1890). ‘Declaration of Love’ is signed by the artist and dated 1879. The painting hangs is a fine quality Louis XV design giltwood frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

Alongside his equally successful contemporaries Alfred Stevens 1823-1906 and Charles Soulacroix 1825-1879, Auguste Toulmouche became famous for his detailed depictions of richly clad young women in luxurious Paris interiors.

Toulmouche first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1848, winning the first of many medals. Four years later his fame was secured when his painting ‘La Fille’ was purchased by the emperor Napoleon III. Auguste Toulmouche was awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 1870.

Dimensions: (framed) 62cm x 40cm (24¼” x 15¾”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 78cm x 56cm (30½” x 22”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private US collection.
Presentation: Fine Louis XV design giltwood frame.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Auguste Toulmouche 1829-1890
'American Beauty - Belle Epoque Oil Painting Portrait of Redheaded Society Girl
5950

This is a fine Belle Epoque oil painting portrait of a young redheaded beauty strikingly lit from behind by the eminent American painter Harry Herman Roseland (1867-1950). ‘American Beauty’ is signed by the artist, and hangs in a superb quality, newly commissioned gold metal leaf frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

Harry Roseland was one of the most prominent American subject picture painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is most famous today for his poignant and compassionate scenes depicting the working lives of poor African-Americans but his early portraits of young society beauties are much rarer and no less impressive.

Today, Roseland’s most famous admirer is perhaps Oprah Winfrey whose favorite painting from her own personal collection is Roseland’s 1904 work ‘To the Highest Bidder’.

Dimensions: (framed) 56cm x 46cm (22” x 18”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 41cm x 31cm (16¼” x 12¼”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private French collection.
Presentation: Fine neoclassical gilt metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Harry Herman Roseland 1867-1950
Exotica
A Spanish Beauty - 19th Century French Oil Painting of Beautiful Gypsy Girl
4950

This is a large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a ‘Spanish Beauty’ with a fan by the world-renowned French painter Henri-Guillaume Schlesinger (1814-1893). The painting is signed by the artist and dated 1863. The painting hangs in an original mid-19th century Charles X giltwood frame with anthemion corners.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

Henri Guillaume Schlesinger studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna before moving to live and work in Paris. Between 1840-1889 he exhibited many paintings at the Paris Salon, becoming one of mid-19th century France’s most popular subject painters. In 1837 Schlesinger produced one of his most famous pictures; a large equestrian portrait of Sultan Mahmoud II which still hangs in the collection of the palace of Versailles.

Although German by birth, in 1866 Henri-Guillaume Schlesinger was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, officially becoming a French citizen four years later.

Dimensions: (framed) 109cm x 94cm (43” x 37”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 92cm x 71cm (36¼” x 28”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Mid-19th century Charles X French giltwood frame with anthemion corners.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Henri-Guillaume Schlesinger 1814-1893
Oranges - 19th Century Orientalist Portrait Oil Painting of Roman Girl
14950

This is a large fine oil 19th century oil on canvas depicting a young woman of Ancient Rome in a sheer subucula tunic selling ‘Oranges’ by the Victorian neoclassical painter Arthur Hill RBA (1820-1920). The painting is signed and dated by the artist, and was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1877. It hangs in a newly commissioned bespoke fine quality gilt metal leaf frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

Arthur Hill was a renowned painter of ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Roman scenes typically depicting poor yet always alluring young women. Like John William Godward, Ernest Normand, and Thomas Ralph Spence, Hill was greatly influenced by the great Olympian masters of British neo-classical painting Lord Leighton and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, but unlike them he chose to portray young working women rather than the idle rich.

Arthur Hill exhibited 26 paintings at the Royal Academy (‘Oranges’ being one of these), and 28 at the Suffolk Street Gallery of the Royal Society of British Artists of which organisation he was a member.

Dimensions: (framed) 90cm x 60cm (35½” x 23½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 110cm x 80cm (43¼” x 31½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private US collection.
Presentation: Fine neoclassical gilt metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Arthur Hill RBA 1820-1920
Landscapes & Seascapes
Liverpool - 19th Century Nocturne Oil Painting of Victorian Street Scene
6950

This is a large fine 19th century Victorian landscape oil on canvas depicting an atmospheric nocturnal scene of dark figures walking at ‘Liverpool’ docks – lit by the glow of gas lights – by the very popular British artist and former pupil of John Atkinson Grimshaw, Wilfred Jenkins (1859-1944). The painting is signed by the artist and is the finest example of Jenkins’ work I have ever come across. It is sold in a newly commissioned fine quality giltwood frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the finest condition it can be for its age, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Clients should also note that fully insured, tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Living and working in the city of Leeds in the late 19th century it was perhaps inevitable that Wilfred Jenkins would become heavily influenced by that famous painter of Victorian nocturnes John Atkinson Grimshaw, who also lived in the city. Jenkins became one of Grimshaw’s most gifted pupils and his moonlit nocturnal scenes of Victorian England greatly resemble those of his master.

Dimensions: (framed) 98cm x 72cm (38½” x 28½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 77cm x 51cm (30¼” x 20”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Fine giltwood swept frame with acanthus corners. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Wilfred Jenkins 1859-1944
Furze Cutters - 19th Century Oil Painting of English Landscape
14950

This is a fine mid-19th century oil on canvas depicting a mother and daughter on a summer afternoon gathering gorse (or furze as it is also known) for kindling with a donkey resting nearby by the eminent British landscape painter Sidney Richard Percy (1822-1886). ‘Furze Cutters’ is signed by the artist and dated 1851. The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London that same year, and hangs in an English Baroque style frame decorated in gold metal leaf.

 

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

 

Sidney Richard Percy was the fifth son of the celebrated English landscape painter Edward Williams (1781-1855), one of the most famous families in British art history. In my opinion Sidney Richard Percy was its most gifted painter. Just as his brothers Henry John Boddington (1811-1865) and Arthur Gilbert (1819-1895) had done, Sidney Williams changed his name in order to distinguish himself from the other members of the Williams family.

 

Between 1842 and 1886 Percy exhibited at all the leading Victorian art venues showing 76 paintings at the Royal Academy, 48 at the British Institution, and 73 with the Royal Society of British Artists at the Suffolk Street Gallery.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 73cm x 55cm (28¾” x 21¾”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 61cm x 41cm (24” x 16”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: Good quality English Baroque style frame in gold metal leaf.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Lined circa 1970. Ready to hang.

Artists: Sidney Richard Percy 1822-1886
'Near Betws-y-Coed, North Wales' by Sidney Richard Percy 1822-1886
34950

This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting cattle watering at the riverside in an extensive mountainous summer landscape ‘Near Betws-y-Coed, North Wales’ by the important Victorian landscape painter Sidney Richard Percy (1822-1886). The painting is signed by the artist and dated 1873. hangs in a very good Louis XV style swept giltwood frame.

 

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

 

Sidney Richard Percy was the fifth son of the celebrated English landscape painter Edward Williams (1781-1855), one of the most famous families in British art history. In my opinion Sidney Richard Percy was its most gifted painter. Just as his brothers Henry John Boddington (1811-1865) and Arthur Gilbert (1819-1895) had done, Sidney Williams changed his name in order to distinguish himself from the other members of the Williams family.

 

Between 1842 and 1886 Percy exhibited at all the leading Victorian art venues showing 76 paintings at the Royal Academy, 48 at the British Institution, and 73 with the Royal Society of British Artists at the Suffolk Street Gallery. Today, landscapes by S.R. Percy are in great demand and sell at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and through many of the world’s most important fine art dealers.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 116cm x 91cm (45½” x 36”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 96cm x 61cm (38” x 24”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: Good 20th century Louis XV giltwood swept frame.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Sidney Richard Percy 1822-1886
Windsor Castle from the Thames - 19th Century Landscape Oil Painting of English Royal Residence
12950

This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a spectacular view of ‘Windsor Castle from the Thames’ by the important Victorian landscape painter Alfred de Bréanski Snr (1852-1928). The painting is signed by the artist and sold in a fine quality gold metal leaf swept frame. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 39 English monarchs. Today the Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle, and in May it was the venue for the marriage of Prince Harry and Megan Markel.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age having been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

A very successful British landscape painter, Alfred de Bréanski Senior became famous for his dramatic scenes of the Scottish Highlands and views of the River Thames. Between 1869 and 1915 Alfred de Bréanski exhibited 46 oils at the Royal Academy and a great many more at the Grosvenor Gallery and the Suffolk Street Gallery of the Royal Society of British Artists.

Dimensions: (framed) 109cm x 78cm (43” x 31”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 91cm x 61cm (36” x 24”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Fine gold metal leaf Baroque style swept frame.
Condition: Excellent. Ready to hang.

Artists: Alfred de Breanski 1852-1928
On the Teign, Devon - 19th Century English River Landscape Oil Painting
5950

This is a fine large 19th century English summer landscape oil on canvas depicting cattle watering on a Devonshire river by the eminent Victorian painter William Williams of Plymouth (1808-1895). ‘On the Teign, Devon’ is signed by the artist, and sold in a superb quality bespoke gold metal leaf frame.

Beginning in 1846, Williams exhibited 34 paintings at the Royal Academy, 40 at the British Institution and 55 at the Royal Society of British Artists at Suffolk Street.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the finest condition it can be for its age, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Clients should also note that fully insured, tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

William Williams chose not to live and work in London as was then the custom amongst prominent painters, instead spending most of his working life in Devonshire. Although he painted some outstanding maritime scenes, Williams is most famous as a landscape artist and primarily for capturing the countryside of the South West of England.

Dimensions: (framed) 97cm x 70cm (38” x 27½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 76cm x 51cm (30” x 20”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Fine gold metal leaf swept frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: William Williams 1808-1895
The Harvest - 19th Century English Harvest Landscape at Sunset
9950

This is a large fine mid-19th century oil on canvas depicting a family bringing in ‘The Harvest’ at sunset on a summer evening by the eminent Victorian landscape painter Henry Dawson (1811-1887). The painting is signed by the artist and dated 1866. Between 1838 and 1875 Henry Dawson exhibited 28 paintings at the Royal Academy, 33 at British Institution, and 6 with the Royal Society of British Artists.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Clients should also note that fully insured, tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Apart from a few lessons with James Baker Pyne, Henry Dawson was an entirely self-taught artist and his breath-taking English landscapes show a pure gift for detail and originality. His canvas’ became brighter and more vivid as his confident mature style developed, and his Turneresque landscapes became much in demand amongst fellow artists and private collectors. Eventually word of his talent spread and his sale prices rose with that of his wider fame.

Today his work is held in the collections of the Walker Gallery in Liverpool and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Literature: ‘The Life of Henry Dawson, Landscape Painter’ (1891) by Alfred Dawson.

Dimensions: (framed) 100cm x 71cm (39¼” x 28”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 84cm x 56cm (33” x 22”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: 19th century Louis XV design carved giltwood frame.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Henry Dawson 1811-1887
Subject Pictures
Rosalind & Celia, As You Like It - 19th Century Royal Academy Oil Painting of Shakespeare Scene
24950

This is a fine large mid-19th century oil on canvas depicting ‘Rosalind and Celia’ in the Forest of Arden from Act 3, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ by the famous English Victorian artist Henry Nelson O’Neil ARA (1817-1880). The painting is signed by the artist and dated 1856. It was in this year that the painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London where O’Neil exhibited a grand total 94 paintings between 1838 and 1879.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age having just been professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished.

Henry O’Neil was a founder member of The Clique, one of the most important artist groups of the 19th century, alongside Richard Dadd, William Powell Frith, John Phillip, Edward Matthew Ward, Augustus Egg, and Alfred Elmore.

In the 1850’s O’Neil was a famously virulent critics of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood though ironically his own luminous technique and fastidious attention to detail compares to anything produced by Millais, Rosetti, and Holman Hunt.

Henry Nelson O’Neil also exhibited 34 painting at the British Institution and 14 with the Royal Society of British Artists.

Dimensions: (framed) 109cm x 88cm (43” x 34¾”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 92cm x 71cm (36¼” x 28”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Bespoke Baroque style swept frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s finest period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Henry Nelson ONeil ARA 1817-1880
Mother & Child with Poppy - 19th Century Oil Painting of English Summer Landscape
9950

This is a large fine mid-19th century Pre-Raphaelite oil on canvas depicting a ‘Mother and Child with Poppy’ by the eminent Victorian painter Frederick Richard Pickersgill RA (1820-1900). The painting is signed by the artist with his monogram and dated 1862. It is sold here in its superb original fine Victorian Louis XIV gilt frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

Frederick Richard Pickersgill studied under his uncle, the eminent Royal Academician William Frederick Witherington (1785-1865) before entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1840. A fellow student of Millais, Rosetti and Holman Hunt, Frederick Pickersgill’s technique and great attention to detail was heavily influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. He found great success as a painter of finely executed historical and literary subjects, and exhibited 50 paintings at the Royal Academy between 1839 and 1875. Elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1847, Frederick Richard Pickersgill became a full Royal Academician ten years later.

Dimensions: (framed) 93cm x 84cm (36½” x 33”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 62cm x 51cm (24½” x 20”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Fine Victorian Louis XIV style gilt frame.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Frederick Richard Pickersgill RA 1820-1900
Chicas Gitanas - 19th Century Oil Painting of Beautiful Gypsy Girls
4950

This is a large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a pair of young Spanish girls with a guitar and tambourine resting in the shade by the eminent Royal Academy painter Thomas Kent Pelham (1831-1907). ‘Chicas Gitanas’ is signed by the artist and is the finest work by Thomas Kent Pelham that I have come across.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been cleaned and re-varnished.

Thomas Kent Pelham was a successful painter of Continental and Orientalist subject pictures typically featuring beautiful young women. Between 1860 and 1891 Thomas Kent Pelham exhibited 25 paintings at the Royal Academy, 54 with the Royal Society of British Artists, and 16 at the British Institution.

Dimensions: (framed) 88cm x 66cm (34¾” x 26”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 75cm x 53cm (29½” x 20¾”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: 20th century giltwood swept frame.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Thomas Kent Pelham 1831-1907
Summer Hill, time of Charles II - 19th Century Royal Academy Oil Painting of Royal Garden Party
34950

This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting the royal court of King Charles II in the gardens of an English stately home in Kent by the distinguished Royal Academy painter James Digman Wingfield (1800-1872). ‘Summer Hill, time of Charles II (They went every day to court, or the court came to them)’ is signed by the artist and dated 1855, in which year it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. It hangs in a superb newly commissioned handmade gold metal leaf frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

Summer Hill House is a Grade I listed Jacobean mansion near Tonbridge in the English county of Kent. Following the restoration of the English monarchy in 1660, King Charles II gave Summer Hill to Viscountess Muskerry, a lady of extravagant tastes who subsequently – and notoriously – played host to the King and his entire court.

The house and its history of royal debauchery is mentioned numerous times in Count de Grammont’s scandalous ‘Memoirs of the English Court’ and was immortalised in a poem of 1833 entitled ‘The Country Seat’ which names four of the King’s most famous mistresses; Nell Gwynne, Moll Davis, Frances Stewart, and the Countess of Castlemaine…

“Oh, Summer Hill if thou wert mine,
I’d order in a pipe of wine,
And ask a dozen friends to dine!
Once tenants of this fair domain,
Soft Stewart, haughtiest Castlemaine,
Pert Nelly Gwynne, gay Molly Davis,
And many another Rara Avis.
E’en now, midst yonder leafy glade,
Methinks I see thy Royal shade,
In amplitude of wig arrayed.”

Dimensions: (framed) 131cm x 106cm (51½” x 41½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 114cm x 89cm (45” x 35”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private collection.
Presentation: New handmade gold metal leaf swept frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: James Digman Wingfield 1809-1872
Intervention of Pocahontas - 19th Century Italian Capriccio Oil Painting
9950

This is a large fine 19th century oil on canvas capriccio depicting native American chief’s daughter Pocahontas preventing the assassination of Captain John Smith by the eminent Italian painter Luigi Crosio 1835-1915. Capturing one of the most famous legends in early American history, ‘The Intervention of Pocahontas’ is signed by the artist and sold in a superb quality bespoke gold metal leaf frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Luigi Crosio specialised in romantic historical subject pictures, period portraits, and Pompeian scenes. He was an ardent fan of Italian opera and depicted several scenes from popular 19th century productions.

Dimensions: (framed) 98cm x 74cm (38½” x 29”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 78cm x 54cm (30¾” x 21¼”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Fine neoclassical gilt metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Luigi Crosio 1835-1915
Belle Epoque
Belle Femme en Déshabillé - French 19th Century Belle Epoque Oil Painting Portrait of Paris Society Girl
This is a large fine 19th century oil painting portrait of a young society beauty captured in semi-undress by the eminent French Academic painter Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825-1891). ‘Belle Femme ... Read More
Artists: Charles Joshua Chaplin 1825-1991
£39950
Madeleine - French 19th Century Portrait Oil Painting of Young Society Beauty
This is a very large fine Victorian oil painting depicting a young society beauty at the turn of the 19th century by the eminent French Royal Academy and Paris Salon painter Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant (1845-1902). ‘Madeleine’ is s... Read More
Artists: Benjamin-Constant 1845-1902
49950
Masquerade - 19th Century French Portrait Oil Painting of Paris Society Girls
This is a fine large 19th century oil on canvas depicting a double portrait of two young Belle Epoque beauties at a masked ball by the eminent Paris Salon painter Jean-François Portaels (1818-1895). ‘Masquerade’ is signed by the art... Read More
Artists: Jean Francois Portaels 1818-1895
29950
Declaration of Love - French 19th Century Portrait Oil Painting of Paris Beauty
This is a fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting an elegant Parisienne beauty in an opulent salon interior contemplating the contents of a love letter by the celebrated French painter Auguste Toulmouche (1829-1890). ‘Declaration of ... Read More
Artists: Auguste Toulmouche 1829-1890
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'American Beauty - Belle Epoque Oil Painting Portrait of Redheaded Society Girl
This is a fine Belle Epoque oil painting portrait of a young redheaded beauty strikingly lit from behind by the eminent American painter Harry Herman Roseland (1867-1950). ‘American Beauty’ is signed by the artist, and hangs in a sup... Read More
Artists: Harry Herman Roseland 1867-1950
Exotica
A Spanish Beauty - 19th Century French Oil Painting of Beautiful Gypsy Girl
This is a large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a ‘Spanish Beauty’ with a fan by the world-renowned French painter Henri-Guillaume Schlesinger (1814-1893). The painting is signed by the artist and dated 1863. The painting h... Read More
Artists: Henri-Guillaume Schlesinger 1814-1893
Oranges - 19th Century Orientalist Portrait Oil Painting of Roman Girl
This is a large fine oil 19th century oil on canvas depicting a young woman of Ancient Rome in a sheer subucula tunic selling ‘Oranges’ by the Victorian neoclassical painter Arthur Hill RBA (1820-1920). The painting is signed and dat... Read More
Artists: Arthur Hill RBA 1820-1920
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Landscapes & Seascapes
Liverpool - 19th Century Nocturne Oil Painting of Victorian Street Scene
This is a large fine 19th century Victorian landscape oil on canvas depicting an atmospheric nocturnal scene of dark figures walking at ‘Liverpool’ docks – lit by the glow of gas lights – by the very popular British artis... Read More
Artists: Wilfred Jenkins 1859-1944
Furze Cutters - 19th Century Oil Painting of English Landscape
This is a fine mid-19th century oil on canvas depicting a mother and daughter on a summer afternoon gathering gorse (or furze as it is also known) for kindling with a donkey resting nearby by the eminent British landscape pain... Read More
Artists: Sidney Richard Percy 1822-1886
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'Near Betws-y-Coed, North Wales' by Sidney Richard Percy 1822-1886
This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting cattle watering at the riverside in an extensive mountainous summer landscape ‘Near Betws-y-Coed, North Wales’... Read More
Artists: Sidney Richard Percy 1822-1886
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Windsor Castle from the Thames - 19th Century Landscape Oil Painting of English Royal Residence
This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a spectacular view of ‘Windsor Castle from the Thames’ by the important Victorian landscape painter Alfred de Bréanski Snr (1852-1928). The painting is signed by the art... Read More
Artists: Alfred de Breanski 1852-1928
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On the Teign, Devon - 19th Century English River Landscape Oil Painting
This is a fine large 19th century English summer landscape oil on canvas depicting cattle watering on a Devonshire river by the eminent Victorian painter William Williams of Plymouth (1808-1895). ‘On the Teign, Devon’ is signed by th... Read More
Artists: William Williams 1808-1895
The Harvest - 19th Century English Harvest Landscape at Sunset
This is a large fine mid-19th century oil on canvas depicting a family bringing in ‘The Harvest’ at sunset on a summer evening by the eminent Victorian landscape painter Henry Dawson (1811-1887). The painting is signed by the artist ... Read More
Artists: Henry Dawson 1811-1887
Subject Pictures
Rosalind & Celia, As You Like It - 19th Century Royal Academy Oil Painting of Shakespeare Scene
This is a fine large mid-19th century oil on canvas depicting ‘Rosalind and Celia’ in the Forest of Arden from Act 3, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ by the famous English Victorian artist Henry Nelson O’Nei... Read More
Artists: Henry Nelson ONeil ARA 1817-1880
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Mother & Child with Poppy - 19th Century Oil Painting of English Summer Landscape
This is a large fine mid-19th century Pre-Raphaelite oil on canvas depicting a ‘Mother and Child with Poppy’ by the eminent Victorian painter Frederick Richard Pickersgill RA (1820-1900). The painting is signed by the artist with his... Read More
Artists: Frederick Richard Pickersgill RA 1820-1900
Chicas Gitanas - 19th Century Oil Painting of Beautiful Gypsy Girls
This is a large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a pair of young Spanish girls with a guitar and tambourine resting in the shade by the eminent Royal Academy painter Thomas Kent Pelham (1831-1907). ‘Chicas Gitanas’ is signed... Read More
Artists: Thomas Kent Pelham 1831-1907
Summer Hill, time of Charles II - 19th Century Royal Academy Oil Painting of Royal Garden Party
This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting the royal court of King Charles II in the gardens of an English stately home in Kent by the distinguished Royal Academy painter James Digman Wingfield (1800-1872). ‘Summer ... Read More
Artists: James Digman Wingfield 1809-1872
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Intervention of Pocahontas - 19th Century Italian Capriccio Oil Painting
This is a large fine 19th century oil on canvas capriccio depicting native American chief’s daughter Pocahontas preventing the assassination of Captain John Smith by the eminent Italian painter Luigi Crosio 1835-1915. Capturing one of ... Read More
Artists: Luigi Crosio 1835-1915