Sir Herbert James Gunn R.A.
1893 - 1964
Portrait of Angela Blundell
Oil on canvas
Image size: 18 x 14 inches
Contemporary Style Frame
The Fine Art Society
Angela worked for Gunn, she was his secretary, saw sitters in and out, organised everything and must have sat for him too on an idle day.
We are gratefull to Chloe Gunn for this information.
Herbert James Gunn was born in Glasgow, 30th June 1893. He studied at the renowned Glasgow School of Art of René Mackintosh fame and subsequently at the Edinburgh College of Art. However, though a Scot by birth and artistic training, Gunn was to develop a style very much his own, an ‘international’ modern style imbued with influences from French Impressionism, modern British painting and his Scottish heritage.
Following his studies at Edinburgh Gunn travelled to Paris enrolling at the Académie Julian under Jean-Paul Laurens.
On his return to England, Gunn rapidly established himself as a leading painter of portraits in addition to landscapes and conversation pieces. Gunn exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1923, at the Royal Scottish Academy and in Paris, where in 1931 he was awarded a silver medal at the Société Artistes Français and a gold medal at the Paris salon of 1939.
Throughout the 1930’s and 40’s Gunn’s reputation as a portrait painter increased, he was to become the portrait painter of choice to Society and the Establishment, in 1953-54 Gunn reached his apogee as a portrait painter with the commission to paint the state portrait of H.M. The Queen.
Gunn was elected to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1945 and President in 1953, the same year being elected ARA and a Royal Academician in 1961, Gunn was also a member of the National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Engravers.
A highly successful artist, Gunn was knighted in 1962 for his services to the arts; he died at his home in Hampstead, London on 30th December 1964.
The Royal Collection
The National Portrait Gallery
The National Gallery, London
The National Galleries, Scotland.
Late 18th Century
Portrait of a Lady
Pastel on paper, mounted on canvas
Image size: 28 x 23 inches
Contemporary style frame
Ernst Museum Auction
This pastel portrait of a lady dates from the late eighteenth century. She is pictured in a white muslin dress in the style made fashionable by Marie Antoinette, after she was painted wearing one in 1783. This could have been quite a daring choice for our subject as at the time Marie Antoinette was much criticised for allowing herself to be seen in attire that was deemed to be too similar to undergarments - indeed the style was called 'la chemise de la reine'.
It is certainly very different from the ornate rococo styles that had previously dominated. The mop cap worn by our subject suggests that she was a married woman, and obviously of some wealth judging by the intricate lace work and silk ribbons adorning her otherwise relatively simple dress.
There is an intriguing label attached to the back of this portrait - 'Ernst Museum Auction'. This suggests that it was once the property of Lajos Ernst, who was a noted Hungarian art critic and collector. During his life Ernst collected 6,500 articles from Hungarian history and art and founded a museum in 1912 to house his collection (the Ernst Museum in Budapest, which still exists today). An auction was held there twice a year between 1917 and 1937.
1879 – 1919
Portrait of Lajla
Pastel, signed bottom right & dated 1913
Image size: 21 x 16 ½ inches (53.5 x 42 cm)
Édouard Henri Louis Morerod was born in Aigle on 16 May 1879 and died in Lausanne on 22 July 1919.
When his father died in 1889, the family settled in Lausanne , where Morerod attended Cantonal College. In 1891, when his mother died, Edward and his sister were sent to boarding school. The young man studied at the Latin College in Neuchâtel, and then at the Cantonal Gymnasium from 1895. However, he passed his baccalaureate in Lausanne. Demobilized from his military service in 1899, Édouard Morerod began studying at the School of Fine Arts in Munich.
In 1900 he went to Paris where he met Steinlen, a great influence on his work. In 1901, Morerod spent three months in Lotarevo in Russia, and from there travelled the country. Before returning to Lausanne, he visited Athens, Rome and Seville. He settled in Paris in 1910, and enjoyed considerable success there with his portraits.
Édouard Morerod travelled to Seville in 1919, but his state of health forced him to return to Switzerland . After a short stay in Leysin, he went down to Lausanne, where he died on July 22, 1919. His body was buried in the Montoie cemetery .
Lausanne, Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts
Lausanne, Historical Museum
Neuchâtel, Museum of Art and History
Pully, Art Museum
Vevey, Jenisch MuseumBordeaux, Museum of Fine Arts
Granada, Alhambra Museum
Paris, National Museum of Modern Art
Late 16th Century
Portrait of a Carthusian Monk
Oil on oak panel, dated 1573
Image size: 10 ½ x 8 inches
Contemporary style frame
An extremely rare portrait of a Carthusian Monk. The painting is dated 1573 in the top left corner and it is noted that the monk is forty-three.
1707 - 1792
Portrait of a Gentleman in a Blue Coat
Image size: 23 x 18 ⅛ inches
Contemporary gilt frame
Hoare was born at Eye, Suffolk, 1707. He was the son of a prosperous farmer and brother to the sculptor Prince Hoare (d.1769). Hoare was a pupil of Guiseppe Grisoni (1699–1769) with whom he went to Italy in 1728. He stayed for nine years, studying under Imperiali and supporting himself comfortably by copying famous masterpieces.
Hoare then settled in Bath 1739 and was its most fashionable portraitist in oil and crayons until the arrival of Gainsborough in 1759, although he remained in demand until giving up painting in about 1779.
Hoare died in Bath on the 9th December 1792, in prosperous circumstances. His son Prince Hoare (1755–1835), also a painter, studied under him and under Mengs in Rome, but gave up painting for writing after 1785.
1901 - 1985
Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1924
Image size: 31 x 21 inches
Kristian Kreković was a Yugoslav painter of portraits and ethnographic art. Later in life he became fascinated with Incan art, and spent a number of years in Peru.
He painted portraits of many notable figures, including Gandhi and members of various European royal families. His portrait of Queen Mary still hangs in Buckingham Palace today.
From 1960 on, he resided in Mallorca, where he died in 1985. The island has a museum named after him and devoted predominantly to his art..