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Portrait of Isabella Marshall - Very Large 18th Century Georgian Oil Painting
£24950

‘Portrait of Isabella Marshall’ by Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723). This large fine early 18th century oil painting of a Georgian beauty is signed and dated 1719 and has provenance going back more than 250 years within the Garrard-Drake-Tyrwhitt family.

 

All our paintings are offered in the finest condition they can be for their age having just been professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

 

Isabella Marshall (1693-1744) was the daughter of the wealthy London merchant Thomas Marshall. On 13th October 1719 she married Montague Garrard Drake (1692-1728), member of Parliament for Amersham from 1713 until his death in 1728.

 

Kneller’s studio in London would have been commissioned to paint Isabella’s portrait around the time of her marriage. From 1719 the painting was in the private collection of the family at Shardeloes, Buckinghamshire. Thence by descent through the family; William Drake M.P. (1723-1796), Captain Thomas Tyrwhitt-Drake (1783-1852); The Tyrwhitt-Drake Settlement; Christie’s, London, 25 July 1952.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 121cm x 145cm (47½” x 57”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 102cm x 128cm (40” x 50½”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: 1719, private collection of Montague Garrard Drake M.P. (1692-1728). Thence by descent through the family; William Drake M.P. (1723-1796), Captain Thomas Tyrwhitt-Drake (1783-1852); The Tyrwhitt-Drake Settlement; Christie’s, London, 25 July 1952.

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: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Lined and new stretchers in 1982. Ready to hang.

 

Artists: Sir Godfrey Kneller 1646-1723
Le Concours de Violon - Large 19th Century Oil Painting of Classical Music Concert, Paris 1880
£89950

‘Le Concours de Violon’ by Luis Jiménez Aranda (1845-1928). This large fine oil painting is signed by the artist, inscribed and dated 1880. The smaller study for the masterwork offered here sold at Sotheby’s, London in 1999 for £77,000. ‘Le Concours de Violon’ hangs in its original water gilded exhibition frame.

 

All of the paintings we sell are 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.

 

Luis Aranda initially studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Seville before moving to Rome in 1868 to study with the Spain’s foremost artist of the period Marià Fortuny (1838-1874). Here Aranda began painting historical costume scenes similar to those that would be developed in Florence by Vittorio Reggianini (1858-1938) and Frederic Soulacroix (1858-1933).

 

In 1874 Aranda moved to Paris in 1876 and began his long association with France’s most important art dealer Adolphe Goupil. His successes at the annual Paris Salon were augmented by awards at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Madrid and the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and in 1877 he became a French citizen.

 

After becoming friends with the Impressionist painter Camile Pissarro, Aranda’s style changed quite dramatically, and he achieved further acclaim as a sensitive painter of social realism.

 

Further reading: Spanish Modernism in 19th century France; the Art of Luis Jimenez Aranda’ by Katie Medina Dillow, 2008.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 91cm x 141cm (35¾” x 55½”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 71cm x 121cm (28” x 47½”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private Swiss collection.

Presentation: Original water gilded exhibition frame.

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

 

Artists: Luis Jimenez Aranda 1845-1928
Summer Hill, Time of Charles II - Very Large Royal Academy Oil Painting 1855
£24950

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
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
Marie Antoinette & Marie Thérèse at Versailles - 19th Century French Oil Painting
£6950

‘Marie Antoinette & Marie Thérèse at Versailles’ by Heinrich Lossow 1843-1897. The painting is signed by the artist, and hangs in its original 19th century Louis XVI gold leaf frame. During her time at the Palace of Versailles, Princess Marie Thérèse of Savoy was a close confidante of Queen Marie Antoinette.

 

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.

 

Heinrich Lossow was a successful German painter of Rococo subject pictures who studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts under Karl Theodor von Piloty. He also worked extensively in Italy where he perfected the historical costume genre painting alongside Arturo Ricci (1854-1919), Vittorio Reggianini (1858-1938) and Frederic Soulacroix (1858- 1933).

 

Today, Heinrich Lossow is best known for his erotic paintings of fine ladies and gentleman, nuns and monks captured in a variety of explicit poses, his most notorious picture being ‘The Sin’. Of course, he wasn’t the only successful painter to practise an enthusiastic side-line in transgressive illustrations; both Rembrandt and Turner did exactly the same!

 

Dimensions: (framed) 67cm x 82cm (26¼” x 32¼”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 50cm x 67cm (19¾” x 26¼”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Formerly with the Cooling Galleries, London, circa 1900. Thence in private UK collection.

Presentation: Original 19th century Louis XVI gold leaf frame.

Condition: Very good. Professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

 

Artists: Heinrich Lossow 1843-1897
The Hopkins Family - Large 18th Century Group Portrait Oil Painting
£169000

‘The Hopkins Family’ by Johann Zoffany R.A. 1735-1810 (attributed). This very large fine 18th century oil painting has documented provenance going back 245 years. It features in the artist’s biography ‘Johan Zoffany R.A. his life and works 1735-1810’ published in 1920, was exhibited as ‘The Hopkins Family with Dr. Boutflower’ by Johann Zoffany at Sir Philip Sassoon’s English Conversation Pictures’, London 1930, has remnants of a 19th century Royal Academy exhibition label verso; sold as ‘Sir John & Lady Hopkins and their Children’ by Johann Zoffany at Sotheby’s, London 1973 and subsequently by Frost & Reed, St James, London, where purchased by the former Playboy executive Victor Lownes in whose private collection it remained until his death in 2017.

 

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition having just been professionally cleaned and restored by Simon Gillespie Studio (featured on BBC Television’s ‘Britain’s Lost masterpieces’). Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

 

The portrait group depicts Sir John Hopkins of the Queen Victoria Rifles, his wife, two sons; William, born 1751, and Charles, born 1761, and three daughters; Mary Anne, born 1753, Elizabeth born 1755, Amelia born 1757, with the family physician Dr. Boutflower.

 

The following except is from ‘Johan Zoffany R.A. His life and works 1735-1810’ by Lady Victoria Manners and Dr. George Williamson:

“The room in which the group is represented is a typical London drawing-room of the period, well-lit from a large

window, having the tea equipage in full view and a harpsichord near at hand. Sir John Hopkins, the great-grandfather of the present owner, is the chief personage in it, and with him is his wife, his two sons, his three daughters and a friend, Dr. Boutflower. There is the customary round table, and as in the Willoughby de Broke picture and many others, the tea-things spread out upon it. One daughter is at the harpsichord, another turning over the music, the elder son stands near to the elegant mantelpiece, one sister by him and another near to her mother. It is just a family scene, quiet, simple and without pose, a charming pictorial record.”

 

Provenance:

By descent through the family to Colonel Bradney (great-grandson of Sir John Hopkins) of Talycoed Court, Monmouthshire; remnants of Royal Academy exhibition label verso; private collection of Lady Hopkins, 1920; private collection of Mrs V.I. Hamilton; sold at auction by Sotheby’s, 28 November 1973, lot 44; with Frost & Reed, London, where purchased by Mr Victor Lownes (1928-2017).

 

Exhibited:

According to the 1920 biography of Zoffany the painting debuted at the London exhibition of the British Society of Artists in 1769, catalogue number 359. In 1930 it formed part of the exhibition of ‘English Conversation Pictures’ organised by the eminent art collector Sir Philip Sassoon that brought together 152 privately owned works at Sassoon’s residence 25 Park Lane.

 

Literature:

‘John Zoffany R.A. his life and works 1735-1810’ London, 1920 by V. Manners and G. Williamson.

‘The Boutflower Book’ by Douglas Samuel Boutflower, 1303-1930. p.58.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 119cm x 151cm (47” x 59½”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 97cm x 127cm (38” x 50”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Presentation: Superb hand-carved giltwood Chippendale design frame.

Condition: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished by Simon Gillespie Studio, Bond Street, London (as seen on BBC Television’s ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’). Ready to hang.

 

Artists: Johan Zoffany R.A. 1735-1810
St. James' Day - Large 18th Century Royal Academy Oil Painting
£249000

‘St. James’ Day’ by Richard Morton Paye (1751-1820). This very large and exceptionally fine 18th century oil on canvas depicts a diverse crowd of Londoners at an oyster stand on a summer’s evening. The artist’s masterpiece, the painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1788. The street festival of St. James’ Day commenced at midnight on August 5th and was known as London’s ‘Oyster Day’.

 

  • More about the long history and new restoration of this important Georgian painting can be seen in the accompanying film.

 

Richard Morton Paye was one of the most gifted and innovative painters of early English School. ‘St. James’ Day’ is a wonderful record of life in London during the reign of King George III and is sold with provenance of ownership dating back over 240 years.

 

The Festival of St. James’ Day

 

Greengrocers rise at dawn of sun –

August the fifth – come haste away!

To Billingsgate the thousands run, –

‘Tis Oyster Day! – ’tis Oyster Day!

 

The above verse is taken from a poem popular during the reign of King George III which captures the excitement surrounding the arrival of the season’s first oysters at Billingsgate Market in London. August 5th marked the start of the oyster season in England and the celebrations – which included much drinking of alcohol as well the eating of oysters – began every year London at the stroke of midnight.

 

About the Artist

 

A contemporary (and rival) of Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough, Richard Morton Paye was an innovative and skilful painter of scenes of everyday London life, often featuring children. Between 1773 and 1802 he exhibited 64 times at the Royal Academy, yet today, known works of his are few and far between.

 

In ‘St. James’ Day’ Paye uses the opportunity to take out his frustration with patrons and the self-appointed connoisseurs of the London art world by lampooning both. In the background, to the left, a well-to-do gentleman is being accosted by a drunkard who humiliates him by pulling off his wig. New research into the painting has revealed the man to be the most powerful art collector of the age, John Julius Angerstein (1735-1823) of whom Richard Morton Paye was clearly not a fan. Meantime, to the lower right, a vicious dog is pictured stealing a chicken and written on its collar is the word “critick”. It is worth noticing that Paye was also capable of turning his acerbic wit upon himself. Seen on the far left, looking directly out at us, is the artist himself, distracted by public attention and clearly unaware that he is being robbed by a pickpocket.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 127cm x 142cm (50” x 56”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 102cm x 119cm (40” x 43”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: 1788; purchased by William Clay, Esq. of Upper Gower Street. (1748-1824). 1824; purchased by Johnson at Christie’s 5th June, lot 95. Julius Ernst Guthe, Kepwick Hall, Thirsk, North Yorkshire (1857-1917). Julius Ernst Guthe, Jr., Kepwick Hall, Thirsk, North Yorkshire (1885-1975). Digby J. E. Guthe, Silton Hall, Neither Silton, North Yorkshire (1927-1982).

Thence by descent 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: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned, conserved and re-varnished. Ready to hang. We do not sell dirty, damaged or unframed works of art.

Conservation: Professionally restored by Simon Gillespie Studio, as seen on BBC Television\\\\\\\\’s \\\\\\\\’Fake or Fortune\\\\\\\\’ and \\\\\\\\’Britain\\\\\\\\’s Lost Masterpieces\\\\\\\\’.

 

Artists: Richard Morton Paye 1750-1820
Daydreams - 19th Century Oil Painting Portrait of Victorian Society Beauty
£4950

Daydreams’ by Charles Landseer R.A. (1799-1879). This large portrait of an elegant society beauty is signed by the artist with monogram and presented in a newly commissioned gold metal leaf frame.

 

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

 

Charles Landseer entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1816 where he was taught by the eminent R.A. Henry Fuseli (1741-1825). Landseer found great success with his literary and historical scenes that were characterised by their fine execution and historical accuracy. Between 1922 and 1879 he exhibited 73 paintings at the Royal Academy, 26 at the British Institution, and 11 with the Royal Society of British Artists at the Suffolk Street Gallery.

 

Charles Landseer became an associate in of the Royal Academy in 1837 and a full academician in 1845. Between 1851 and 1873 he held the prestigious position of Keeper of the Royal Academy.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 72cm x 85cm (28¼” x 33½”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 58cm x 72cm (23” x 28¼”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private 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: Good. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Stretcher lines and craquelure commensurate with age. Unlined. Ready to hang.

 

Artists: Charles Landseer 1799-1879
Subject Pictures & Portraits
Portrait of Isabella Marshall - Very Large 18th Century Georgian Oil Painting
‘Portrait of Isabella Marshall’ by Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723). This large fine early 18th century oil painting of a Georgian beauty is signed and dated 1719 and has provenance going back more than 250 years within the... Read More
Artists: Sir Godfrey Kneller 1646-1723
£24950
Le Concours de Violon - Large 19th Century Oil Painting of Classical Music Concert, Paris 1880
‘Le Concours de Violon’ by Luis Jiménez Aranda (1845-1928). This large fine oil painting is signed by the artist, inscribed and dated 1880. The smaller study for the masterwork offered here sold at Sotheby’s, London in 1999 for £... Read More
Artists: Luis Jimenez Aranda 1845-1928
£89950
Summer Hill, Time of Charles II - Very Large Royal Academy Oil Painting 1855
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
£24950
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
Marie Antoinette & Marie Thérèse at Versailles - 19th Century French Oil Painting
‘Marie Antoinette & Marie Thérèse at Versailles’ by Heinrich Lossow 1843-1897. The painting is signed by the artist, and hangs in its original 19th century Louis XVI gold leaf frame. During her time at the Palace of Versailles,... Read More
Artists: Heinrich Lossow 1843-1897
£6950
The Hopkins Family - Large 18th Century Group Portrait Oil Painting
‘The Hopkins Family’ by Johann Zoffany R.A. 1735-1810 (attributed). This very large fine 18th century oil painting has documented provenance going back 245 years. It features in the artist’s biography ?... Read More
Artists: Johan Zoffany R.A. 1735-1810
£169000
St. James' Day - Large 18th Century Royal Academy Oil Painting
‘St. James’ Day’ by Richard Morton Paye (1751-1820). This very large and exceptionally fine 18th century oil on canvas depicts a diverse crowd of Londoners at an oyster stand on a summer’s evenin... Read More
Artists: Richard Morton Paye 1750-1820
£249000
Daydreams - 19th Century Oil Painting Portrait of Victorian Society Beauty
‘Daydreams’ by Charles Landseer R.A. (1799-1879). This large portrait of an elegant society beauty is signed by the artist with monogram and presented in a newly commissioned gold metal leaf frame.... Read More
Artists: Charles Landseer 1799-1879
£4950