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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
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
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
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
The Long Gallery, Hardwick Hall - 19th Century Oil Painting of English Stately Home
£5950

‘The Long Gallery, Hardwick Hall’ by Robert Alexander Hillingford (1828-1904). The painting is signed by the artist and hangs in a newly commissioned, superb quality 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.

 

The painting depicts an 18th century scene featuring members of the Cavendish family (the Dukes of Devonshire), owners of Hardwick hall for almost 350 years, between 1608 and 1956.

 

Robert Alexander Hillingford was a highly successful Victorian painter of historical and literary scenes. He is most famous for his highly detailed paintings of the Napoleonic Wars as well as Shakespearian subjects. Between 1864 and 1902 Hillingford exhibited 29 works at the Royal Academy, and numerous others the British Institution, and the Royal Society of British Artists in London.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 53cm x 68cm (20¾” x 26¾”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 39¼cm x 53¼cm (15½” x 21”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: 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.

Conservation: Our paintings are cleaned and restored by Fine Art Restoration (est.1974) or Simon Gillespie Studio as seen on BBC Television\\\\’s \\\\’Britain\\\\’s Lost Masterpieces\\\\’.

 

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
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
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
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
The Long Gallery, Hardwick Hall - 19th Century Oil Painting of English Stately Home
‘The Long Gallery, Hardwick Hall’ by Robert Alexander Hillingford (1828-1904). The painting is signed by the artist and hangs in a newly commissioned, superb quality gold metal leaf ... Read More
Artists: Robert Alexander Hillingford 1828-1904
£5950