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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
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
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
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
The Great Fire of Rome - 19th Century Oil Painting of Emperor Nero
£59950

This is 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
Elizabeth in the Tower - 19th Century Oil Painting of the future Queen
£15950

A very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting the 1554 imprisonment of ‘Princess Elizabeth in the Tower’ by the eminent Royal Academy painter Robert Alexander Hillingford (1828-1904). The painting is signed by the artist and hangs in a fine quality, newly commissioned, bespoke 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.

On 18th March 1554 Princess Elizabeth -daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn – was incarcerated in the Tower of London by her sister, and rival for the English throne, Mary Tudor. The Princess’ worst fears were soon realised when a warrant for her execution was delivered to the Lieutenant of the Tower, Sir John Brydges (shown in the painting standing, in armour, to the right). It was signed by every member of Mary’s Privy Council but upon examination Sir John saw that the signature of the Queen herself was absent and refused to act upon the death warrant. Although a staunch Catholic and servant of the Queen, Sir John Brydges was also a man of principle and duty and his intervention saved the life of the future Queen Elizabeth I.

Dimensions: (framed) 145cm x 95cm (57” x 37”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 127cm x 76cm (50” x 30”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Sold at auction in 17th June 1927. Thence in private UK 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, restored and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Robert Alexander Hillingford 1828-1904
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
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
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
£9950
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
The Great Fire of Rome - 19th Century Oil Painting of Emperor Nero
This is 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 ... Read More
Artists: Eduard Buchler 1861-1958
£59950
Elizabeth in the Tower - 19th Century Oil Painting of the future Queen
A very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting the 1554 imprisonment of ‘Princess Elizabeth in the Tower’ by the eminent Royal Academy painter Robert Alexander Hillingford (1828-1904). The painting is signed by the artist and... Read More
Artists: Robert Alexander Hillingford 1828-1904
£15950