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Lovely Ukrainian Naïve Folk Art Painting: A

Signed in pencil and dated 1993

Gouache on paper


This is a very decorative contemporary Ukrainian  painting.  The image shows a man and lady at a stream;  the man waters his horse - whilst the woman fills pails with water. In the foreground you can see the stream, full of little white birds floating on the surface and with green fish and frogs below.  


Framed with a good quality oak moulding & cream mount ON ETSY





Lovely Ukrainian Naïve Folk Art Painting: B

Signed in pencil and dated 1993

Gouache on paper


This is a very decorative contemporary Ukrainian  painting.  The image shows a man riding along a road on a stylised piebald horse. A lady walks at his side. In the background is a rustic cottage with a red roof, and large red flowers line the route. Another stream is seen in the foreground with a host of white flowers floating along in the ripples.


Framed with a good quality oak moulding & cream mount ON ETSY





Helen Tabor (b. 1960)

In the Valley

Oil on canvas (glazed)

Signed

Helen Tabor was born in Middlesex & is currently based in the Scottish borders. After graduating from York University in 1981, she travelled & worked in India & Bhutan for several years, where she taught English, Drama  & Art. Helen now paints full-time and has exhibited widely throughout the UK since 1993. Her work is influenced by the Scottish artists Joan Eardley, Anne Redpath, William Gillies and John Maxwell.








William  Crozier (1930 - 2011)

Luxurious Garden

Gouache and watercolour on paper

Signed and dated in pencil: William Crozier 1985

This large bold watercolour shows a myriad of multi-coloured flowers in a garden. It was exhibited at Crozier’s One-Man  Show at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh in 1985.

It was No 33 in the catalogue.


£2795






Early 20th Century Watercolour of a Masked Ball

Signed with monogram: J H

This little art nouveau style watercolour dates from the early 20th century and shows a masked ball. Dancers are seen in the foreground and in the background, in the balcony, are musicians. It is certainly a charming and most decorative picture - as yet I still have to identify the monogram of the artist - shown here to the left. Please ask for a full condition report for this work.


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David McClure (1926 – 1998)


Girl with Vase of Flowers,

Oil on canvas

Signed: D. McClure 71

Image: 28. 5 x 37 cm


David McClure was born in Lochwinnoch.  He studied at Edinburgh Art College where Anne Redpath, William Gilles and John Maxwell were all major influences on his work. During the war, McClure became a 'Bevin Boy’, working in the coalmines -  that at the time strongly influenced his work. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in the early 1950s where he was a contemporary of Elizabeth Blackadder, John Houston and David Michie.





McClure taught part-time at Edinburgh College of Art from 1953 to 1955. He was  awarded the College’s Andrew Grant Fellowship, which allowed him to paint full-time for two years, part of which he spent in Sicily. Like his friend Alberto Morrocco,  he was a frequent visitor to Europe, travelling in Spain and Italy and capturing the sun and light of these countries in his use of strong Mediterranean colours.


In 1957 McClure joined the teaching staff of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, where he was Head of Painting from 1983 until he retired two years later. During his career, he exhibited widely in the UK and Europe and his work is very much sought after.


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J.P. Donleavy (b. 1926)

The Cock

Watercolour on paper

Signed, bottom left

J.P. Donleavy is among the most celebrated writers of the second half of the 20th Century.

He was born in the Bronx, New York of Irish parents in 1926. After the Second World War, he returned to Ireland to study at Trinity College, Dublin. He became a naturalized Irish citizen in 1967 and has resided there ever since.   The publication of his magnificent novel "The Ginger Man" in 1955 catapulted him to international fame, and has sold more than 45 million copies in twenty-five languages. His subsequent novels included "A Singular Man" (1963), "The Saddest Summer of Samuel S" (1966), "The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B" (1968), "The Onion Eaters" (1971), and "A Fairy Tale of New York" (1973).




Donleavy is also a well respected painter, and had his first solo show in Dublin in 1948. He claims “I’m the painter who became the writer who’s been rediscovered as a painter”.  This work is typical of his quirky and humorous drawing style.

It is signed in the bottom right by the artist and has an old label on the back from the Tom Caldwell Galleries in Dublin & Belfast - which annotates this being a watercolour by Donleavy and has been given the title "The Cock".

It is framed in a simple gold frame - which measures - 56 cm x 44 cm.

The image measures: 33.5 cm x 22.5 cm.

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TREVOR DENNING (1923 - 2009)

In the Bullfighter’s House

Oil on canvas

Trevor Denning was born in Moseley in 1923 and studied painting and graphics at the Birmingham School of Art from 1938 to 1942 and taught there between 1945 and 1985. In 1947 he was one of the founders of the Birmingham Artists Committee and in 1961 he organised the Four Letter Art exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, having been elected a member the year before. Although there was no organisational link, Denning's work exhibiting contemporary art in the city was acknowledged as an influence by the artists who founded the Ikon Gallery in 1964, and he held a solo exhibition at the gallery two years later.

Denning was also a published expert on Spanish playing cards. He was made the first Member of Honour of the Asociación Española de Coleccionismo e Investigación del Naipe in 1989 and in 1993 won the Modiano Prize for research into the history of playing cards.

 


This large oil painting is an early work by Denning and painted in Birmingham, probably in the early 1950s.  It is still in its original frame and has an old exhibition label on the back with details of the artist, his address and title of the work.

It is entitled “At the Bullfighters’ House”. It shows an image of a family receiving the news of the death of a relative who was a matador - his effects have been sent home. The matador’s brothers open his belongings wrapped in his cape - on the table is his matador’s hat, as well as notices and posters detailing his triumphs in the bullring.  They look at all the items spread out on the table before them in shock and disbelief - in the doorway, we see his mother and father entering the room. This lovely painting shows Denning’s fascination with Spanish subjects and themes, and is a beautifully painted and rare early work by this celebrated Birmingham artist.

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Frank Beanland (b. 1936)

Red / Blue Abstract

Acrylic on paper (framed)

Signed on the reverse

Frank Beanland was born in 1936 at Bridlington, Yorkshire. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art 1959-61, where his teachers included Claude Rogers, Ceri Richards and Frank Auerbach. He won the prestigious Boise Scholarship and studied at the Royal Academy Stockholm 1962.

On his return to the UK, he was given a studio in Portleven, Cornwall, and became a member of the Portleven Group, where his lifelong commitment to abstract painting began.



During the 1960s, he developed what became known as his 'spot paintings' which reflected his move from capturing texture to depicting light and colour. His deceptively simple abstract works are influenced by nature, his surroundings and experience.

Beanland currently lives and works in East Anglia. His recent paintings are abstracted from nature and are often painted in acrylic on paper which allows him the freedom to work quickly and spontaneously.  

£595




Elyse Ashe Lord (1900 - 1971)

Eastern Lady: Costume Study

Original Watercolour, with pencil under-drawing on paper; Signed lower right

Elyse Lord was a celebrated British watercolourist specialising in exotic figures and flowers, as well as a book illustrator & fine printmaker. She was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) in 1922 and was also a member of the Society of Graver-Printers in Colour.  

Her subjects often feature Eastern figures which she sensitively depicts in washes of delicate colour enlivened by touches of brighter colours. Her art was inspired by both Chinese art & Oriental culture - although she never actually travelled to China, she used Chinese paintings, embroideries and wall hangings as sources for her images. The highly individual style which Elyse Lord created reflects her Eastern source material - as well as the influence of Art Deco and early 1920s fashion on her work.



Lord actively exhibited from 1915 through to 1939 in London with the Lefevre Gallery. Her art was also shown at the Royal Academy of Arts, the RI, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Walker Art Gallery of Liverpool, and the Fine Art Society, as well as at the Paris Salon, where she received a silver medal for colour prints. Her work also featured in Masters of the Colour Print, Volume 1, 1927, with an introduction by Malcolm C. Salaman.

Lord’s watercolour drawings are often harder to source than her coloured woodcut prints.

 This is a very sensitive drawing showing a pretty Asian lady wearing a beautifully embroidered sari, and holding a tiny little white bird in her hand. The care that Lord has taken on capturing the pattern on the shimmering material shows her interest in fashion and textiles. The lady is shown in isolation with a silhouette of Eastern temples in the distance.

The drawing is in very good condition and probably dates from the 1920s.  It comes in a plain gold coloured frame

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Set of  Early 19th Century Watercolour Costume Studies by Vincenzo Feneck

Feneck was born in Malta, and his delicate watercolour studies of national or local costume are keenly sought after by collectors. These watercolours are in his customary small scale - they have never been framed for display and consequently all the watercolour details remain bright and fresh on each design.

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ALGERIAN LADY AND CHILD


A Costume Study of a Lady Wearing a Pointed Hat  (or  Sarma) & Veil, with Red and White Dress, Accompanied with Little Child.


A later drawing of a woman wearing similar costume entitled “Jewish Woman of Algiers” by Louis Roguin is in the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland


Watercolour with slight traces of black under-drawing on wove paper. Sheet Size:  16 x 15 cm;

Signed lower left: V Feneck. Inscribed lower right “No 46” and below the image “Giudea di Algeri”


CONDITION: with slight staining to the sheet along the left hand edge.


 £525

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ALGERIAN SHIP’S CAPTAIN


(Shown on Quayside – with White and Blue Tunic – Holding a Long Red Pipe)


Watercolour with slight traces of black under-drawing on wove paper

Sheet Size:  16.5 x 15 cm; Signed lower left: V Feneck

Inscribed  lower right “No. 50” and below the image “Capitano di Nave in Algeri”


CONDITION: Good Condition. Nice bright colours.


 £495

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ALGERIAN LADY WITH WHITE VEIL


(Shown wearing a white veil and striped trousers – and little red pointed slippers)


Watercolour with slight traces of black under-drawing on wove paper

Sheet Size:  16 x 14.5 cm; Signed lower left: V Feneck

Inscribed  lower right “No. 32” and below the image “Algerino in Hiada”


CONDITION: Good Condition. Nice bright colours.


£425

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ALGERIAN GENTLEMAN


(Shown wearing Traditional Costume. Wearing a Green Jacket over a Red Shirt – with Blue Pantaloons, and Carrying a Long Red Pipe)


Watercolour with slight traces of black under-drawing on wove paper

Sheet Size:  22.5 x 16.5 cm; Signed lower left: V Feneck

Inscribed lower right “No 26” and below the image “ Parganiotto”


CONDITION: with slight crease to top right hand corner and bottom left hand corner.


 £475

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CORFU MAN

(Shown in Traditional Costume of Corfu – wearing red cap, blue jacket and pantaloons, striped blue and white stockings)


Watercolour with slight traces of black chalk under-drawing on wove paper

Sheet Size: 22.5 x 16 cm; Signed lower left: V Feneck

Inscribed lower right: “No. 17” and below the image “Bacajuolo di Corfu”


CONDITION: Generally fine condition, with a slight stain to the left hand margin and a tiny black mark near the upper left hand corner. No foxing. Colour unfaded.


£445

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SPANISH LADY

(Shown in Long Black Dress and Veil)


Watercolour with slight traces of black chalk under-drawing on wove paper

Sheet Size: 18.5 x 15 cm; Signed lower left: V. Feneck

Inscribed lower right “No. 2” and below the image “Signora Spagnola”


CONDITION: Generally fine condition, a few light areas of spotting on the sheet, mostly confined to the bottom edge and the right hand side – but not affecting the image.


£425

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NEAPOLITAN  BANDIT

(Shown in Traditional Costume – Brandishing a Musket)


Watercolour with slight traces of black under-drawing on wove paper

Sheet Size:  16.5 x 14.8 cm; Signed lower left: V Feneck

Inscribed lower right “No. 43” and below the image “Brigante ofsia Bandito nel Regno di Napoli”


CONDITION: Generally fine condition, no foxing or staining. Colours nice and bright.


 £495

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NEAPOLITAN LADY

(Shown in Tradition Costume, Carrying a Pail of Water)


Watercolour with slight traces of black under-drawing on wove paper

Sheet Size:  16.5 x 15 cm; Signed lower left: V Feneck

Inscribed lower right “No. 30” and below the image “Contadina de Villa Lago (provincial dell Acquila) nel Regno di Napoli


CONDITION: Good Condition. Nice bright colours.


 £445

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PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY WATERCOLOURS SHOWING A LADY AND DANCING  MAN FROM CORFU


These are not by Feneck – and are both signed by a different artist, but of similar scale and on similar paper.


GARUNA CORFU

(A Man Dancing Wearing the Regional Costume of Corfu)

Watercolour on wove paper

Sheet Size:  26 x 17.5 cm; Signed on the image, lower right


CONDITION: light foxing to the sheet, with creasing to the bottom edge of the sheet.


FONTAMI LEFTIMO CORFU

( A Lady Wearing the Regional Costume of Corfu)

Watercolour on wove paper

Sheet Size:  25.5 x 17.5 cm; Signed on the image, lower right


CONDITION: light foxing to the sheet, and light creasing along the bottom margin.


All my costume studies listed above are currently unframed, but would look beautiful mounted and framed for display. They have never being exposed to light, so all the watercolour pigments remain fresh and bright, with no fading.


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IRENE SEGALLA

Two Rare Large 1930s Art Deco watercolour and pencil costume studies by Irene Segalla

(who was the costume assistant on the classic 1953 film  Genevieve).

Irene Segalla was born in Vienna. Examples of her costume designs are in the B. J. Simmons & Co. Costume Design Archive at the Harry Ransom Centre, The University of Texas, Austin.

A 1926  Viennese watercolour by Segalla, from the Rothschild Collection sold at Christie’s, Paris on 26 October 2010 for 1,500 Euros.  

Later, in the 1950s she designed a variety of costumes for theatrical productions in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Both these works are signed in monogram and dated - they are highly individual & decorative artworks. Both are nicely presented and framed, all ready to hang.  Segalla’s  fine costume / theatrical studies made in the 1930s rarely come up for sale, and are now difficult to source.

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Rare 1960s  / 1970s stylised fashion drawing showing three glamour models in La Mode outfits.  These are all very Biba / Liberty in style and inspiration.

A unique vintage artwork - pen, ink and watercolour wash with white heightening on buff paper.

Beautifully drawn and a very decorative design.

Framed: £165




All my rare ornament watercolour studies (shown below) are for  decorative borders on ceramic plates - and are specialist collector pieces. They all date from around 1825 and all came from the Gallery of Charles Plante Fine Art, Georgetown, Washington D.C., USA


Rare Early 19th Century (Regency) Grisaille Watercolour Design for Plate Border Decorations. Nicely Presented : B - ON ETSY


Rare Early 19th Century (Regency) Grisaille Watercolour Design for Plate Border Decorations. Nicely Presented : C  - ON ETSY


Rare Early 19th Century (Regency) Grisaille Watercolour Design for Plate Border Decorations. Nicely Presented : D  - ON ETSY


Rare Early 19th Century (Regency) Grisaille Watercolour Design for Plate Border Decorations. Nicely Presented : E  - ON ETSY


Rare Early 19th Century (Regency) Grisaille Watercolour Design for Plate Border Decorations. Nicely Presented : F ON ETSY


Rare Early 19th Century (Regency) Grisaille Watercolour Design for Plate Border Decorations. Nicely Presented : G ON ETSY


Rare Early 19th Century (Regency) Grisaille Watercolour Design for Plate Border Decorations. Nicely Presented : H  - ON ETSY



Jane Hyslop

Verona

Watercolour, pen and ink on paper

Signed and dated in pen, lower right: Hyslop 89

Provenance: The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh


Jane Hyslop studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1985-1989. Her work is in many prominent public collections, including  the Yale Centre for British Art, the Tate Gallery, the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, the Scottish Mining Museum , Birmingham  Museums & Art Gallery, etc.


Jane Hyslop currently teaches Drawing & Painting at the ECA;  with a special interest in Artists' Books and Printmaking.  Other examples of her work are available through her website (link provided below):




This beautiful watercolour dates from 1989 and shows a breathtaking view across the rooftops at Verona . The painting reveals Hyslop’s long-standing fascination with the built environment and it is full of carefully observed detail, as well as revealing her love of colour & pattern. This fine watercolour was originally purchased in the 1980s by the artist and writer, Jack Firth from the the Open Eye Gallery.

£395



David Octavius Hill (1802 - 1870)

View from Craigmillar Castle - Looking Towards Leith and the Firth of Forth

Watercolour on paper (inscribed with colour notes)

David Octavius Hill was born in 1802 in Perth. He was a painter of romantic landscapes and most notably a pioneer photographer.


This is a typical watercolour landscape sketch by Hill and shows a view from the near Craigmillar Castle - looking over the fields to Leith. The scene is quickly sketched in with black chalk and highlighted with watercolour. This quick sketch was possibly made with the intention of developing the image into an oil painting back in Hill’s studio - there are a number of colour notes in the sky and the fields in the foreground. The scene shows how the Eastern route into Edinburgh from the South was once pastoral land before the development of the area by the Victorians.

Landscape studies by D.O. Hill do not come on the market very often, and this is a rare little “on-the-spot” sketch.

£ 350



Two Late 19th Century Views of Chelsea:

View of the Old Church Chelsea from Battersea with Old Battersea Bridge to the Left  - (Image: 12.5 x 17.5 cm; Frame: 16.5 x 21.5 cm)

& View of Turner’s House, 119 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea  - (Image: 17 x 11.5 cm; Frame: 21 x 15.5 cm)

Both: oil on panel




These two charming little oil paintings date to the end of the 19th century.  

They are both signed R.J. Abraham - possibly Robert John Abraham who designed tiles for Copeland.  They are both nicely framed and beautifully painted.  Great historical and decorative pieces if you live in Chelsea.

 In the late 19th century the small fishing village of Chelsea expanded rapidly and became a haven for artists and writers. The area offered cheap rents, interesting housing and a more rural environment just outside the City of London.  For more than 60 years artists' communities dominated Chelsea life - and they often led flamboyant, bohemian lifestyles. Famous Chelsea residents included Oscar Wilde, James McNeill Whistler, George Eliot and Henry James.

A most unusual and unique pair of little oil studies:

£ 450 the pair





Charles Rennie Dowell ( 1867 - 1935)

Set of Four Little Watercolour Illustrations Relating to the Race for the North Pole in 1909

Watercolour on paper, laid down on card (unframed)



Charles R. Dowell was born in Glasgow and was best known for his paintings in oil and watercolour, especially his fine portraits and interiors, as well as his stunning views of fishing villages of the east coast of Scotland. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art under the influential Fra Newbury, and won a travelling scholarship to Rome. He was Vice-President of the prestigious Glasgow Art Club (members included many of the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists) and was elected a member of the Royal Society of Watercolours. He regularly exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, and at the Glasgow Institute. Works by Dowell are in the Collection of the Glasgow Art Gallery.

These four little humorous studies are rare and unique reactions to events taking place relating to early polar expeditions by the USA. The watercolours were made in 1910 by Dowell at his studio at 101 St Vincent Street in Glasgow (as annotated on  the back of each image). The subject was inspired by the controversy about rival claims by two American explorers that they were the first person to reach the North Pole. The arguments put forward by each party continued to appear in newspapers and chronicles for a number of years.  

Robert Peary (1856 - 1920 claimed to have led the first successful expedition to the Geographic North Pole on 6th April 1909. His competitor, Frederick Cook (1865 - 1940), refuted his claim and said that he had actually got there one year earlier on 21st April 1908. There was also a hint of scandal with rumours of Peary fathering children with native Innuit women outside of marriage - this is probably being referred to in Dowell’s little sketch of a man rubbing noses with a pretty Eskimo lady.

Very interesting pieces of social history and dating from the time the controversy was raging. These contemporary caricatures are now very rare and this is reflected in my price for these special little records, lampooning American polar exploration at the start of the 20th century .

Set of Four: £795



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This attractive painting is typical of her sought after figurative works - it features a stylised lady gathering a big bouquet of colourful flowers in a garden. A big yellow sun shines down on the scene. Her  expressive work features bold brushstrokes and a subtle use of lively colours. Her figurative compositions often have a dreamy or slightly surreal quality to them.

This picture is framed with a simple wooden frame painted in a matt gold colour and glazed.

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English School, Early - Mid 20th Century

This is a lovely little oil on board panting showing two arches to Lime Kilns - it is well painted as you can see from my images - but sadly the artist has not signed this fine work.

It is painted in oils on board with a simple frame.

I think that this is a location in Northumberland … I would love any feedback if you know anything about the location or indeed the artist of this attractive picture.

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Rare Early 19th Century (Regency) Grisaille Watercolour Design for Plate Border Decorations. Nicely Presented : A  - ON ETSY



Egron Sillif  Lundgren

(1815 - 1875)

Portrait of a Lady Dressed for a Masked Ball

Watercolour and gouache on paper

Signed with initials to the right: EL

Image size: 46 x 34.5 cm

£4275

 



This exquisite large scale watercolour was painted by the 19th century Swedish artist Egron Sillif Lundgren. He was born in Stockholm in 1815, and later trained at the Academy of Stockholm, and in Paris in the studio of Leon Cogniet.

In the 1840s and 50s he travelled widely, visiting Italy, Spain, Egypt and India and developed a taste for the exotic. In Spain he came under the influence of the Scottish painter, John (“Spanish”) Phillip and he started to move away from painting in oils to painting with watercolour. Indeed, Lundgren is often thought of as the “father of watercolour painting in Sweden”.

In 1849 on his travels through Italy, Lundgren interestingly served under the Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi in the siege of Rome.

As an artist he made his name in England - where Lundgren settled in 1853. His reputation was secured when he was commissioned by Queen Victoria to paint ceremonial portraits.  In 1857 , Lundgren  accompanied Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde on his campaign to quell the Indian Rebellion;  he produced hundreds of sketches recording his trip and the people he met.  Lundgren was elected an associate member of the Royal Watercolour Society, London in February 1864, and was later made a full member in 1867.

Lundgren excelled at watercolours - and he often favoured Oriental scenes and subjects (landscapes, genres and fancy portraits). He is best known for his dramatic waterolcour and gouache studies of beautiful ladies in exotic costume.  Pictures of stunning young women in “fancy” costume were very popular in the 19th century - and Lundgren took delight in both capturing shimmering images of the sitter, as well as concentrating on all the details of their dazzling costumes.  His portraits featuring ladies dressed to attend masked balls allowed him to concentrate on depicting fine textiles, jewellery and coiffure, often with all details illuminated against a darker background.

This large museum quality watercolour is signed in the background with his initials: EL (he often only used his initials discretely placed in the background to sign his compositions). It is certainly a charming and most vibrant portrait - showing a lady in “fancy dress” for a masque. The lady wears a fine costume, probably based on Victorian interpretations of the type of dress which would have been worn at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots. The lady holds a black mask in her hand to wear when she attends the ball.

Examples of his work are in the National Museum, Stockholm and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.





19th Century (Scottish School)

Scottish Highland Regiment Encampment in Crimea

Watercolour and gouache on paper

This little watercolour was probably made on the spot by one of the soldier’s in the regiment - it has a charming, naïve quality to the painting. It is in excellent condition and framed.

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Albert Houthuesen (1903 - 1979)

Harlequin, 1974

Oil on board; 29 x 24 cm

Signed lower right

£625



Albert Houthuesen was born in Amsterdam in 1903. Following the death of his father in 1912, he moved to London and attended art classes at Saint Martin’s School of Art. He became naturalized in 1922. Between 1923 and 1927  Houthuesen studied at the Royal College of Art – his fellow students included Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Edward Burra and Ceri Richard. From 1928 to 1936 he taught art at The Working Men’s College and after the War he taught at St Gabriel’s College, Camberwell.

His art was always auto-biographical and he could probably be considered as an outsider artist, working in virtual isolation for most of his career. His work is in the following collections: Tate Britain, London; The Theatre Museum, London; The British Museum; The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffeld – amongst others.

This work was painted in 1974 and is part of a series of works Houthuesen produced at this time featuring images of clowns and harlequins. It is boldly painted, with vibrant colours – and certainly reveals the influence of Van Gogh on his work.

The painting was probably first shown at the exhibition organised by the art dealer and connoisseur Richard Nathanson held at the Fine Art Society in Edinburgh in 1974.




Fred Cumming (b. 1930)

Isle of Oxney

Oil on board;

Signed lower right

SOLD

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