Watercolour and ink
Signed and dated 1918, lower right
Image size: 11 x 8 inches
Watercolour and pencil
Signed and dated 1918, lower left
Image size: 13 x 11 inches
William Merrett Hodges
1874 – 1961
Oil on canvas, signed bottom left
Image size: 36 x 32 ½ inches
Contemporary style frame
This year 2018 is the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, the law that gave the first women the right to vote in the UK.
Florence May Asher
1888 - 1977
In the Terra
Oil on canvas, signed lower right
Image size: 32 ½ x 28 ¾ inches (82.5 x 73 cm)
Provenance: Canadian National Exhibition 1928, frontispiece to Toronto catalogue
Florence May Asher was born 2 May 1888, in Nottingham. She was a member of the Royal Academy and exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris from 1926. Asher was the daughter of J.W. Asher. Studied at the Royal Academy schools (1913-18), winning a silver medal for paintings of figures from life and the Landseer Scholarship. Subsequently lived at Sevenoaks, Kent and Petersfield, Hants.
Produced figures and landscapes in oils, etchings and aquatints. Exhibited at many of the leading galleries, including the Royal Academy (1922-23) and the Royal Society of British Artists.
She was elected a Member of the last of those in 1926. Also exhibited with the Society of Women Artists in an exhibition titled “Eleven Painters and Sculptures” along with Rosalie Emslie, Ethel Walker, Hooper Rowe and others. Exhibited with the New Autumn Group.
Exhibited works included: Otford Mount, The Conspirator, Nude Figure and Rhythm.
Asher died in 1977.
1887 - 1965
Glazed terracotta, signed & dated 1948
Arthur "Leslie" Harradine (1887–1965) was one of Royal Doulton's premier, and most prolific, figurine modellers from 1920 until the mid-1950s.
Born Arthur Leslie Harradine in Lambeth to Charles Percy, a solicitor's clerk, and Jessie Harradine (nee Tealby) in 1887. He first joined the Doulton Lambeth studio as an apprentice in 1902 working under George Tinworth while studying part-time at the Camberwell School of Arts. He went on to qualify and work in the Royal Doulton design department.
His main interest lay in clay sculpture and the design of free-standing figures and he produced several prototypes for these which came to the attention of Charles Noke the Royal Doulton art director in Burslem.
1896 - 1987
Oil on canvas, signed lower left
Image size: 37 ¾ x 59 ¾ inches
Raymond Coxon was a painter for over 75 years. He produced diverse and stimulating work, from portraits to landscapes and even church murals, although his loyalty to his own direction sometimes left him apart from fashionable development.
None the less, his paintings have been bought by many distinguished collectors including Maynard Keynes, Sir Michael Sadler, Henry Lamb and Sir Edward Marsh; they also hang in numerous national and provincial collections.
Born in 1896 at Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, he was the second child of five girls and two boys born to James and Georgina Coxon, who had herself had some art training. Educated locally at Leek High School, Raymond impressed his teachers with his drawing capability.
While serving with the Cavalry in Palestine in the First World War, he took a tiny box of watercolours with him, and whenever he had an opportunity would send miniature-sized work home to his mother.
After the war he studied at Leeds College of Art from 1919 to 1921, where he met and became great friends with Henry Moore. In 1922 Coxon and Moore made their first visit to France and, thanks to an introduction from John Rothenstein, met Maillol and Bonnard.
Later they were best men at each other's weddings. Coxon married Edna Ginesi, a fellow student at Leeds, who was Leeds-born but of Italian descent; the marriage was to last over 70 years. After Leeds, Coxon went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London (1921-25), under Sir William Rothenstein. He always remembered Rothenstein's kindness to him and other students both at the college and at the Rothenstein home in Hampstead.
Coxon's diploma work was a mural after Masaccio's Expulsion of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, in the Brancacci Chapel in Florence. As a student he had little money but a terrific zest for living, putting drawing-pins in his shoes to spare him the cost of a cobbler and saving the threepenny tram fare by walking from Hammersmith to the Cafe Royal. The threepence saved enabled him to drink coffee all day and talk to "Gin" - his future wife - and other artists.
Coxon used to say to me that this was "pure delight - we could mix with people there, famous or not, feeling that we were treated equally and not like poor relations; devoid of class distinction, it seemed that everybody had some quality."
In 1927 Raymond and Gin Coxon with Henry Moore and Leon Underwood formed the short-lived British Independent Society, and Coxon's work was illustrated in "Young British Drawing", in Drawing and Design. His first one-man exhibition took place the following year with the London Artists Association at the Cooling Galleries. He became a member of the London Group in 1931 and some of his paintings were bought by the Contemporary Art Society.
Cezanne was probably the most important influence on Coxon's early work, and his landscapes of Yorkshire's "green velvet hills" contrasted with the remoteness and majesty of North Wales, where he also painted, particularly Cwm Pennant in Brecon.
In 1947, Raymond and Gin made their first visit to the United States and were inspired by the power of the canyon and the sense of "nature in the raw". Back in London, living and working in Hammersmith, Coxon painted fellow artists and friends including a sensitive portrait of Henry Moore in 1924. Other notable portraits of friends in the Thirties and Forties were of Ceri Richards, Vivian Pitchforth and John Piper.
In 1936 Coxon had a one-man show at the Leicester Galleries and with Gin, Henry and Irina Moore visited Cadaques in Spain as the civil war broke out. In 1940-45 he was an official war artist, attached to the Navy; he held further one- man shows at the Leicester Galleries in 1940, 1947 and 1960. Gin's influence on Raymond was as strong as his love; a good painter herself, she was always prepared to push him forward to his advantage.
In 1985 he exhibited at the Michael Parkin Gallery, London, and was finally given a retrospective in 1987 at the City Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.
Raymond Coxon died Rowfant, West Sussex 31 January 1997
You can hear the artist talking about his life on the following IWM link below
The Hepworth, Wakefeild, Imperial War Museum, The Courtauld Gallery, National Museum Wales, Birmingham Museum, Tate Gallery, Ferens Ar Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Salford Museum, V & A Museum & British Museum
Oil on board, signed lower right
Image size: 19 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches
1923 - 1992
Oil on board, signed and inscribed verso
Image size: 21 x 14 inches
Contemporary style frame
Jean Bell was born in Cheshire. She was married to the artist Tom Pemberton.
Exhibitions: Leeds Arts University 2018. This painting was featured on the back page of the exhibition catalogue.
1863 - 1951
Oil on canvas, signed
Image size: 18 x 24 inches
1865 - 1924
Oil on board
Image size: 18 x 14 inches
Contemporary style frame
Benjamin Haughton studied at Cambridge and at Herkomer's Academy in Bushey, Hertfordshire. He exhibited in London at the Royal Academy from 1893. He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists.
1920 - 2013
The Cricket Match
Watercolour and ink
Image size: 10 x 14 inches
Acid free mount
Cyril Mount was born in Liverpool in 1920. He joined the Royal Horse Artillery in 1935 and was posted to India in 1936. He undertook active service in the Middle East and North African Campaigns, including the invasion of Sicily in 1943. He was commissioned Lieutenant and returned to England in March 1944. He had further active service in France, Holland and Germany between the years of 1944 and 1946 and then left the army as Captain.
He was an unofficial War Artist and forty one drawings and gouaches from 1941-46 are in the permanent collection of Imperial War Museum.
After leaving the army he enrolled at the Liverpool School of Art 1946-50, where he gained the National Diploma in Design in 1950.This was followed by a Diploma in Fine Art in 1951. He then became an art teacher and lecturer, firstly in Liverpool, then Cambridge and latterly Sussex.
Mount spent much time in Europe and North Africa, painting and exhibiting. He revisited Egypt in 1991 in connection with commission to make painting for the 50th anniversary of the first battle of El Alamein (July 1942),which is installed and now on permanent exhibition in the Imperial War Museum .
Exhibitions: John Moores, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool Academy, Manchester Academy of Art, Royal Academy.
Attributed to Frederick Appleyard
1874 - 1963
At the Gallery
Oil on canvas, initials lower right
Image size:28 x 25 inches
In this painting on the back wall is a painting by Burne Jones, which is now in the Southampton City Art Gallery. The piece of sculpture is called 'Eve' and is by Sir Thomas Brock (1847 - 1922) which is now in Tate Britain.
Fred Appleyard was a British landscape artist. He had 41 works exhibited during his lifetime by the Royal Academy and painted the mural 'Spring driving out Winter' in the Academy Restaurant.
Appleyard was born in Middlesbrough, England on 9 September 1874, the son of Isaac Appleyard, an iron-merchant. Having received his formal education at Scarborough, he attended Scarborough School of Art under the genre and landscape painter Albert Strange.
It was at the Scarborough School of Art that he met Harry Watson, the two were to remain lifelong friends. He then proceeded to the National Art Training School at South Kensington, and from there to the Royal Academy Schools, which he entered on 27 July 1897 at the late age of twenty-two. He was recommended to the R.A. by John Sparkes.
He was awarded the Turner Gold Medal, the Creswick Prize for landscape, the Landseer Scholarship and others. He carried out mural decorations for the Royal Academy Refreshment Room in 1903, St Mark's, North Audley Street, two large paintings in Nottingham General Hospital and Church of SS Peter and Paul, Pickering, Yorkshire.
He worked in South Africa 1910–12. During the 1914–18 war he worked at the Woolwich Arsenal. Exhibited at the R.A. 1900–35 and the R.W.A. from 1918 until c. 1950.