After Sir Anthony van Dyck
Portrait of Sir Edward Lord Littleton , First Baron Littleton (1589-1645)
Oil on canvas
Image size: 37¾ by 30 inches
Hand carved auricular frame
Sir Edward Littleton was Solicitor-General to Charles I, 1634-40; Chief Justice of Common Pleas, January 1640-January 1641; Lord Keeper, 1641-45.
Painted in his robes, and wearing the chain of office, of the Chief Justice of the Commons Pleas; the dress of the sitter dates the painting to the last eighteen months of van Dyck’s life. The picture was probably painted to celebrate Littleton’s preferment to the Chief Justiceship; various copies were undertaken for circulation among friends.
Autograph versions exist in a private collection (see Barnes, et al., Van Dyck, p. 553), and at Hagley Hall, Staffordshire. There are four known copies: in the Harvard Law School Art Collection; the Inner Temple, London; the National Portrait Gallery; and this present version of the head and shoulders (noted in Barnes, et al., Van Dyck, p. 553).
Literature: Lionel Cust, Anthony van Dyck: An Historical Study of his Life and Works (London, 1900), p. 278; this version listed Susan J. Barnes, Nora de Poorter, Oliver Millar, and Horst Vey, Van Dyck: a Complete Catalogue of the Paintings (New Haven and London, 2004), pp. 553-4.
Portrait of a Gentlemen
Oil on canvas
Image size: 28 x 24 inches
Period style hand made frame
Girl in a Green Scarf
Oil on canvas
Image size: 14 x 10 inches
1853 - 1908
Portrait of a Young Girl
Oil on canvas
Image size: 19 x 13 inches
Simon Buchbinder (1899-1969) was a Polish painter. Most of his works were genre and historical scenes and portraits done in small formats.
He received his first lessons from his brother, Józef, an established artist who was his senior by fourteen years.
From 1869 to 1871, he attended the "Warsaw School of Drawing". After graduating, he was able to find a position as a designer at the Vienna State Opera.
Two years later, he enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. He was there until 1878.
The following year, he moved to Kraków where he obtained a position in the studios of Jan Matejko at the Academy of Fine Arts. Later, Matejko would refer to him as a "painter of great hope".
In 1883, a scholarship enabled him to study in Munich, where he remained for many years.
In 1897, he moved to Berlin and concentrated on doing portraits. He apparently died there around 1908, although he may have lived until as late as 1924.
He seldom exhibited; notably with the Kraków Society of Friends of Fine Arts during his stay there and at an exhibition of German painters at the Grafton Galleries in 1906.
Portrait of an Athlete
Oil on canvas
Original gilt frame
Attri: Henry Treffry Dunn
Portrait of a Lady
Crayon on paper
Image size: 10 x 16 inches
Pre-Raphaelite style frame
Henry Treffry Dunn (1838–1899) was Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s assistant and a painter in his own right. Dunn was the son of a tea merchant. He was born in 1838 in Truro and trained at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in Chelsea.
Dunn's memoirs are a valuable source for the lives of the Pre-Raphaelites. He was paid to be Rossetti's factotum and to create copies of Rossetti's paintings. It has been said that the painting Lady Lillith in the Metropolitan Museum of Art was actually painted by Dunn and only "touched up" by Rossetti.
Dunn's paintings are influenced by Rossetti and in some cases he would make preliminary studies and copies for Rossetti. His painting style was described as "more solid than graceful". Dunn recounted that he was given the position after successfully creating a copy of Rossetti's work. Rossetti used his assistant frequently to create copies which he would complete and at one stage Dunn complains at having to create a third copy of the same painting. Some have said that some of Rossetti's paintings were in fact almost entirely created by Dunn.
Dunn was not only an artist's assistant, but also a secretary and friend. It was Dunn who first arranged for Rossetti to get a bank account, as Rossetti would keep his money in a drawer where he, and others, could freely help themselves. Dunn worked as Rossetti's assistant for many years, but they quarreled and Rossetti refused to pay him. The quarrel continued until Dunn returned to his native Cornwall in 1880, leaving Rossetti's household in chaos. Rossetti then replaced Dunn with another companion; the author Hall Caine. The lost salary remained in dispute until after Rossetti's death. When Rossetti died Dunn was very helpful to William Rossetti in his role as executor, though he considered Dunn to be an alcoholic. Dunn eventually obtained the considerable sum of money that was owed to him from Rossetti's estate.
At the end of his life he was taken in by the critic and poet Theodore Watts-Dunton who had earlier saved Swinburne from alcoholism. The three of them lived together at Watts-Dunton's house until Dunn died in 1899. Dunn's watercolours and his other paintings are in collections in Cornwall and other British galleries.
Portrait of a Gentelman
Charcoal on paper
Image size: 18 x 25 inches
James was born on 17 June 1906 and lived in London. He Studied at Clapham School of Art between 1923–27, and then Royal College of Art 1927-30, his teachers included William Rothenstein and Allan Gwynne-Jones.
He married the fashion artist, designer and writer Phyllis Stroudley, they had one son. He later married Gillian Stroudley (née Thain), they had two sons and one daughter.
He died in May 1985, at Wandsworth, London.
Alice Headley Neave
Portrait of the Artist's Grand-Daughter
Oil on canvas, signed lower right
Image size: 21 x 17 inches
Contemporary style frame
The Absinthe Drinker
Graphite on paper, signed lower right & dated '25'
Image size: 15 x 11 inches
Empire gilt Frame
Roland Raymond Ferdinand Caillaud was born January 5, 1905, known professionally as Roland Caillaux, and sometimes using the pseudonym Roland Caipland. Caillaud was a French actor and artist. He is known for acting in several French films in the 1920s and 1930s, and for producing and publishing homoerotic illustrations in the mid 20th century.Caillaux has long been best known for illustrating 20 lithographies pour un livre que j'ai lu (20 lithographs for a book I read), which accompanied a text attributed to Jean Genett with images of male homosexuality, including explicit sexual activity. The book was published in April 1945, without the name of the author, the publisher or place of publication, with a print run of only 115 copies.
Roland Caillaud's studio was located on Rue Boulard in the 14th arondissement of Paris between 1944 and 1945: it is there that Jean Genet met the painter throught the model Eduoard Dermit. Nicole Canet, who has rediscovered many of Caillaud's drawings, reports that he inherited money from his parents and lived as an annuitant after having been an actor. He lived at 5 rue de l'Ancienne Comédie. In a memoir, Francois Sentein says that when he traveled by bicycle to Montpensier street where Jean Cocteau lived, he kept his bicycle pump in his hand, for fear of it being stolen.
On December 3, 1977 he passed away.
Oil on canvas, signed lower right
Image size: 30 x 22 inches
Sheila Holland was born in Chesterfield in Derbyshire and grew up in Wolverhampton, were she studied art.
Holland was a solitary and private person eventually establishing her studio at lower Bradford cottage on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall in 1985.
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