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Youth & Age - 19th Century Royal Academy Oil Painting of Victorian Life
£9950

This is a very fine large 19th century oil on canvas depicting and group of Victorian men, women, and children beneath a cedar tree on a hill overlooking the city of London by the eminent Royal Academician John Callcott Horsley RA (1817-1903). This important oil painting is signed and dated by the artist and was a popular attraction at the Royal Academy Exhibition of 1851.

 

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

 

John Callcott Horsley was mentored by his relative Sir Augustus Wall Callcott and William Mulready, and studied at Henry Sass’s academy along with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Powell Frith. Between 1839 and 1896 he exhibited 121 paintings at the Royal Academy, being elected a full Royal Academician in 1864.

 

In 1861 Horsley moved to the village of Cranbrook in Kent where he would help establish the famous Cranbrook Colony of important 19th century artists alongside Thomas Webster and Frederick Daniel Hardy.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 107cm x 87cm (42” x 34¼”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 83cm x 63cm (32¾” x 24¾”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Previously with Haynes Fine Art of Broadway. Thence in private UK collection.

Presentation: Fine 20th century Louis XVI swept frame.

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

Artists: John Callcott Horsley RA 1817-1903
Half Afraid - 19th Century Royal Academy Oil Painting 1894
£5950

‘Half Afraid’ by George Hillyard Swinstead R.B.A., R.I. (1860-1926).

The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1894. The painting is signed by the artist and hangs in a superb quality newly commissioned, bespoke gold metal leaf frame.

A very large 19th century oil on canvas depicting a young woman and girl out walking at sunset; the demure young woman being the subject of the amorous attentions of the gentleman to the left and the girl shying away from a dog telling off a small herd of geese in the foreground. The young woman, the girl, and the geese all being half afraid.

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 tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

George Hillyard Swinstead studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1881, and first exhibited there the following year. From 1877 Swinstead showed a further 30 at the RA, and 25 at the Suffolk Street Gallery of the Royal Society of British Artists where he was elected a full member in 1893.

Dimensions: (framed) 84cm x 110cm (33” x 43¼”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 66cm x 93cm (26” x 36½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold 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: George H Swinstead RBA 1860-1926
Jean de La Fontaine - 17th Century French Portrait Oil Painting
£18950

A fine 17th century portrait oil on canvas depicting the important French poet and fabulist Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695). The painting was in the collection of a prominent English stately home for well over 100 years. In the 1901 catalogue of the collection the art historian Jean Paul Richter lists the painting as being in the manner of Sir Godfrey Kneller but I believe it is far more likely to be the work of eminent French painter François de Troy (1645-1730).

 

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 tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

 

On the stretcher, the sitter is named as being the French philosopher Voltaire, but my opinion that is not Voltaire has been confirmed by Catriona Seth, Professor of Modern languages at Oxford University.

 

Another painting of de La Fontaine exists that has been attributed to François de Troy but it is inferior in quality to the work being sold here.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 80cm x 67cm (31½” x 26½”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 62½cm x 49½cm (24½” x 19½”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: In the private collection of the Drury-Lowe family, Locko Park, Derbyshire. Listed as no.183, manner of Godfrey Kneller, in Jean Paul Richter\’s 1901 catalogue of the estate\’s picture collection.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold 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, restored and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

 

Artists: attributed to François de Troy
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
Katherine & Petruchio - 19th Century Oil Painting of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew
£34950

A very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting ‘Katherine and Petruchio’ in a scene from Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by the eminent Royal Academician Charles Robert Leslie RA (1774-1859). This superb, exhibition-sized Victorian painting is signed, and hangs in a fine quality newly commissioned gold metal leaf 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. Clients should also note that fully insured, tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

“There is no man now living who seems to me to come close at all near Mr Leslie, his work being in places equal to Hogarth for decision, and here and there a little lighter and more graceful”.
John Ruskin

Charles Robert Leslie was one of the most famous and successful British artists of the 19th century. The close friend and biographer of John Constable, C.R. Leslie exhibited 76 paintings at Royal Academy between 1813 and 1858, and was elected at full Royal Academician in 1826.

For many years the painting was erroneously thought to depict Queen Elizabeth I receiving news of her assent to the throne of England, but now with the kind assistance of Professor Rosalind King and Dr Patrick Gray we have correctly identified it’s actual subject; Act II, scene I of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ (a favourite of C.R. Leslie), and more precisely the 1754 reworking of the play by the famous actor/manager David Garrick. Throughout Georgian and Victorian Britain it was Garrick’s version that was most often performed, and the one that the artist would most likely have seen.

“The painting represents Act II of David Garrick’s ‘Catharine and Petruchio’ and offers a genuine insight into 18/19th century interpretations of Shakespeare’s play.”
Professor Rosalind King, Oxford University

We would like to thank Professor Rosalind King and Dr Patrick Gray for their invaluable expertise in the identification of the subject in this painting. Professor King is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southampton, the Visiting Plumer Fellow at St Anne’s, University of Oxford, and has served on the academic committee of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and on the Board of Directors of the English Shakespeare Company.
Dr Gray studied at Oxford, Yale, and the Sorbonne before joining Durham University as Associate Professor of English Studies.

Dimensions: (framed) 165cm x 135cm (65” x 53”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 142cm x 112cm (56” x 44”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private collection.
Presentation: Superb quality gold 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: Charles Robert Leslie RA 1774-1859
Casanova - Rococo Scene of Young Paris Beauties & Lothario
£89950

‘Casanova’ by Vittorio Reggianini (1858-1938).

A large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting three young 18th century beauties enjoying the attentions of an enthusiastic suitor. The painting is signed by the artist and hangs in a superb quality newly commissioned, bespoke gold metal leaf Chippendale design frame.

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 tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Vittorio Reggianini was a famous Italian painter of elegant Rococo interior scenes featuring stylish young Parisians of pre-Revolutionary France. One of a number of Florentine painters of superbly executed bourgeois interior scenes like Frederic Soulacroix (1858- 1933), Federico Andreotti (1847-1930) and Arturo Ricci (1854-1919), Reggianini is considered perhaps the finest painter of fashionable young ladies of the Ancien Régime and of the sumptuous fabrics they wore.

Dimensions: (framed) 82cm x 95cm (32¼” x 37¼”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 60cm x 72cm (23¼” x 28¼”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Purchased at Harrods Fine Paintings department on 20th March 1974. Thence in private UK collection.
Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold 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, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Vittorio Reggianini 1858-1938
The Great Fire of Rome - 19th Century Oil Painting of Emperor Nero
£29950

A large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting the famous events of AD64 and ‘The Great Fire of Rome’ with the triumphant Emperor Nero and his attendants – including Seneca and the Praetorian Guard – looking-on as St Peter and others are crucified, the city in flames beyond, by the eminent history painter Eduard Buchler (1861-1958). The painting is signed by the artist and is presented in a superb quality, newly commissioned 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.

Roman historians Pliny the Elder, Suetonius, and Cassius Dio all wrote that Nero was responsible for the Great Fire. The Emperor blamed the city’s Christians, large numbers of whom were crucified including Saint Peter. The events of July AD64 are the subject of the film ‘Quō Vādis’.

Dimensions: (framed) 120cm x 88cm (47¼” x 34½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 101cm x 70cm (39¾” x 27½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private European collection.
Presentation: Superb quality 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: Eduard Buchler 1861-1958
Subject Pictures
Youth & Age - 19th Century Royal Academy Oil Painting of Victorian Life
This is a very fine large 19th century oil on canvas depicting and group of Victorian men, women, and children beneath a cedar tree on a hill overlooking the city of London by the eminent Royal Academician John Callcot... Read More
Artists: John Callcott Horsley RA 1817-1903
£9950
Half Afraid - 19th Century Royal Academy Oil Painting 1894
‘Half Afraid’ by George Hillyard Swinstead R.B.A., R.I. (1860-1926). The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1894. The painting is signed by the artist and hangs in a superb quality newly commissioned, bespoke gold ... Read More
Artists: George H Swinstead RBA 1860-1926
£5950
Jean de La Fontaine - 17th Century French Portrait Oil Painting
A fine 17th century portrait oil on canvas depicting the important French poet and fabulist Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695). The painting was in the collection of a prominent English stately home for well over... Read More
Artists: attributed to François de Troy
£18950
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
£4950
Katherine & Petruchio - 19th Century Oil Painting of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew
A very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting ‘Katherine and Petruchio’ in a scene from Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by the eminent Royal Academician Charles Robert Leslie RA (1774-1859). This superb, exhibi... Read More
Artists: Charles Robert Leslie RA 1774-1859
£34950
Casanova - Rococo Scene of Young Paris Beauties & Lothario
‘Casanova’ by Vittorio Reggianini (1858-1938). A large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting three young 18th century beauties enjoying the attentions of an enthusiastic suitor. The painting is signed by the artist and han... Read More
Artists: Vittorio Reggianini 1858-1938
£89950
The Great Fire of Rome - 19th Century Oil Painting of Emperor Nero
A large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting the famous events of AD64 and ‘The Great Fire of Rome’ with the triumphant Emperor Nero and his attendants – including Seneca and the Praetorian Guard – looking-on as St Peter and... Read More
Artists: Eduard Buchler 1861-1958
£29950