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'Youth & Age' by John Callcott Horsley R.A. 1817-1903
£19950

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
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
£14950

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
Little Mother - 19th Century Social Realist Oil Painting Portrait of a Young Girl
£19950

This is a fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a young girl alone in a dilapidated interior cradling an infant by the eminent Victorian Royal Academician Frank Holl R.A. (1845-1888), one of the most important British artists in history. ‘Little Mother’ is signed by the artist and dated 1880. It is sold in a fine quality newly commissioned bespoke gilt 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 been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

Frank Holl was 15 when he became a student at the Royal Academy Schools. Whilst still a pupil he began producing the kind of provocative social realism paintings which were to become his trademark. Between 1864 and his premature death in 1888, Holl exhibited 87 paintings at the Royal Academy in London and was elected a Royal Academician in 1883.

Vincent van Gogh – today arguably the most famous painter in the world – considered Frank Holl to be a Master, and whilst living in London fastidiously cut out and collected Holl’s engravings published in The Graphic. Everyone even remotely interested in art should take some time to read the fascinating letters of Van Gogh (sent to his brother Theo and friend Anthon van Rappard). One name mentioned reverentially again and again is that of Frank Holl.

Dimensions: (framed) 74cm x 64m (29” x 25”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 56cm x 45cm (22” x 18”)

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: Frank Holl RA 1845-1888
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
Subject Pictures
'Youth & Age' by John Callcott Horsley R.A. 1817-1903
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
£19950
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
£24950
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
£14950
Little Mother - 19th Century Social Realist Oil Painting Portrait of a Young Girl
This is a fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a young girl alone in a dilapidated interior cradling an infant by the eminent Victorian Royal Academician Frank Holl R.A. (1845-1888), one of the most impor... Read More
Artists: Frank Holl RA 1845-1888
£19950
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
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
£34950