Italian Flourished: 1870 - 1900
Oil on canvas, signed upper right
Image size: 21 x 16 inches
Ornate gilt frame
Although not much is known about Nicola Forcella, we do know that he was born before 1868 in Castellaneta, Italy. His date of death is unknown. His paintings depicted scenes of everyday life that he encountered on his travels throughout Egypt and the Middle East.
It is also known that he taught at the School of Applied Arts Khedivial, Egypt, where he received the Imperial Order of Medjidié. He had a younger brother, Paolo (1868 -?), who studied painting in Naples and accompanied him on his travels in Egypt.
Charles Théodore Frère was born in Paris on 21st June 1814. As a young man he showed a strong inclination towards painting as a career, despite his father’s hopes that he would become a musician. He studied under the landscape artist Jules Coignet (1798-1860) and then under Camille Roqueplan (1803-1855). On completing his apprenticeship he travelled extensively in France, exhibiting at the Salon for the first time in 1834, and again in 1835 and 1836.
A visit to Algeria in 1837 changed the course of his life. He exhibited his first Orientalist painting at the Salon in 1839 and from then on painted only scenes of the Muslim world. He stayed in Algeria for a year, painting several large pictures, which were later bought by King Wurttemberg. He appears to have travelled almost annually to Algeria until about 1850. In 1851 he journeyed further East, stopping at Malta, Greece and Smyrna on his way to Constantinople where he stayed for eighteen months. He then went on to Syria, Palestine, Nubia and Egypt, where he had a studio in Cairo. After three years travelling Frère returned to Paris laden with material for future paintings. He took part in the Paris Universal Exhibitions of 1855, 1867 and 1878. He made his last journey to Egypt in 1869 for the inauguration of the Suez Canal in the company of Empress Eugénie and her entourage.
Frère's talent and appeal lies in his ability to create atmospheric scenes, for example Bedouin encampments silhouetted against dawn and sunset views.
Frère died in Paris on 24th March 1888.
Nancy (Arabes au Repos), Bagnères (La Caravane), Laval (Vue de Karnac & Ruines de Louqsor), Reims (Caravane Traversant le Désert d'Arabie), Bourges (Le Soir sur les Bords du Nil), Mulhouse (Chameliers au Caire & Rue au Caire), New York (MetropolitanArt Museum), Chicago, Minneapolis
Benezit Vol. IV p517 (1976)
Thieme Becker p427 (1927)
Lynne Thornton 'The Orientalists', ACR Edition, 1983, pp52-54
Edward Angelo Goodall, R.W.S. was born the 8th of June 1819. He was the eldest son of Edward Goodall, the well known line engraver and his brother was the celebrated Royal Academy painter Frederick Goodall.
His first oil painting was a Guyana subject which impressed Turner who was on the managing committee at the Royal Academy. He had the picture hung in a first rate place where it received considerable admiration.
He began exhibiting in the Royal Academy in 1841 and continued until 1884. In 1870 he went to Egypt with his brother Frederick and on one day while sketching the views of ancient Memphis, a woman overbalanced herself in filling her pitcher in the river. Seeing this, he jumped into the Nile and with much effort rescued her from drowning. The next day she received several offers of marriage, being considered under "Divine protection."
During this period, Queen Victoria had taken an interest in his work and gave him permission to paint from any of the windows in the palace.
At a dinner held at Goodall's home, several artists were invited including John Dixon the engineer. Conversation eventually centered on Cleopatra's Needle in Egypt and John Dixon suggested that it be brought to England. He said that if he had the money he would do it himself. Shortly thereafter, Erasmus Wilson called on John Dixon and offered the money to bring the obelisk over. This was eventually done where it was placed in London.
Charles Robertson R.W.S.
1844 - 1891
Watercolour, signed verso
Image size: 12 x 20 inches
Orientalist giltwood frame
1838 - 1902
A Relaxing Smoke
Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1874 lower left
Image size: 18 x 15 inches
Orientalist giltwood frame
Willem de Famars Testas
Dutch 1834 - 1896
The New Stallion
Oil on board, signed lower left
Image size: 11 x 14 inches (28 x 35.5 cm)
Orientalist giltwood frame (Image below)
After his return to Utrecht he became the most important Dutch Orientalist. He received international attention for his realistic paintings and watercolours. In 1868 he made another great journey through Egypt, Palestine and Syria . After his return he moved to Brussels, where the orientalist market was much more bouyant. When the market for these paintings also declined there, he focused on history pieces. He also made illustrations for several books.
The Love Letter
Oil on canvas, signed and dated '1875' lower middle
Image size: 20 ½ x 16 inches
- Ossorio y Bernard, Manuel, Galería biográfica de artistas españoles del siglo XIX [1883-1884], Madrid, Giner, 1975, pp. Ossorio and Bernard, Manuel, Biographical Gallery of Spanish Artists of the 19th Century [1883-1884], Madrid, Giner, 1975, pp. 163-164. 163-164.
- Pantorba, Bernardino de, Historia y crítica de las Exposiciones Nacionales de Bellas Artes celebradas en España , Madrid, Jesús Ramón García-Rama, 1980, pp. Pantorba, Bernardino de, History and criticism of the National Exhibitions of Fine Arts held in Spain , Madrid, Jesús Ramón García-Rama, 1980, pp. 391-392. 391-392.
- Cuenca, Francisco, Museo de pintores y escultores andaluces contemporáneos , Cuenca, Francisco, Museum of Contemporary Andalusian Painters and Sculptors , La Habana, Rambla y Bouza, 1923, p. Havana, Rambla and Bouza, 1923, p. 114. 114
Early 19th Century
A Turkish Garden Party
Oil on panel
Image size: 16 x 20 inches
Belgium 1885 - 1968
Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1937 lower right
Image size: 22 x 25 ½ inches (56 x 65 cm)
Ornate Orientalist frame
Orientalist frameÉmile Deckers was born at Enisval in Belgium on 9 January 1885. He received his art education at Liege Academy. He was the recipient of many art prizes before the outbreak of the First World War.
In 1921 he moved to Algiers, where he could specialise in his favoured Orientalist subjects. He painted scenes of local genres, including portraits of young Kabyle, Tuareg and tribes of the Atlas Mountains.
He returned to Verviers in Belgium in 1966, and died there in 1968.
John Alexander Harrington Bird
1846 - 1936
Watercolour and bodycolour, signed and dated 1901
John Alexander Harington Bird was famous for his paintings of horses, particularly Arabs. He also painted racing and hunting scenes. Educated in London and initially destined to follow a military career, Bird suddenly turned his interest to art and first studied at the Royal Academy Schools.
In 1875 he went to Montreal, Canada, where he took the post of Director of Art on the Board of School Commissions. Bird exhibited at the Royal Canadian Academy and became an Associate member in 1880. Bird returned to London in 1885, where he spent the rest of his life.
During these years he exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street. Several prints were published after his work including The Queen's Race Winners, a series of thirteen portraits of racehorses with jockeys up. Bird was also an accomplished illustrator.