Edwin Frederick Holt
1830 - 1912
By the Fireside
Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1877 bottom left and verso
Image size: 9 ½ x 13 ½ inches
Contemporary style frame
Holt was born in 1830 in Hampstead, but spent most of his life in Dunstable.
Edwin began his artistic career by studying at the Royal Academy of Art where he went on to win a Silver medal for his work at the age of twentyfour. . From this point on, his work continued to get recognised and many of his pieces were entered into exhibitions. In total, Edwin Frederick Holt exhibited seven paintings at the Royal Academy, twelve at the British Institution and forty at the Royal Society of Arts.
William Powell Frith RA
1819 – 1909
Portrait of a Young Woman
Oil on canvas
Image size: 12 x 10 inches
Original gilt frame
The lady in this painting is possibly the same as the one of the figures in the painting "Derby Day". In the painting she can be seen holding back her husband from gambling.
At 16 years of age Frith found himself down in London at the Sass Academy and in three years he gained a place at none other than the Royal Academy. His need for money meant that, whilst studying, he worked as a portrait painter. In 1838 he had his first picture exhibited in London at the British Institute and two years later "Twelfth Night" was shown at the Royal Academy of Art. For the whole of his life he enjoyed painting literary and historic scenes including Shakespeare.
Thomas Cooper Gotch
1854 – 1931
Study of the Violinist for Holy Motherhood
Oil on canvas, on board
Image size: 28 ¾ x 21 inches
18th century frame
Mrs Deidre MacLellan, the artist's grand-daughter
The Golden Dream by Pamela Lomax, P.120 and 123. See cat No. c65
Holy Motherhood is one of a number of compositions by Gotch that were painted throughout the 1890s and 1900s in the new style that the artist adopted following a visit to Italy in 1891-2.
Compositions by Gotch post-1892 generally take as their focus the themes of motherhood and child development. Other examples of such work by him include, The Child Enthroned (1894), The Heir to All the Ages (1897), A Pageant of Childhood (1899, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) and Alleluia (1902, Tate).
These works, which share a common hieratic style and draw also on the symbolism of religious ritual, caused the artist to be linked with a contemporary revival of interest in English Pre-Raphaelitism.
The finished painting is on permanent display at the Laing Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Ernest Arthur Rowe
1863 - 1922
In the Sunny South
Watercolour, signed lower left
Image size: 9 ¾ x 13 ¾ inches
1862 - 1944
Through the Woods
Oil on canvas, signed bottom left and dated 1913
Image size: 24 x 20 inches
Exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1913, number 534
Possibly influenced by a Rudyard Kipling poem "The Way through the Woods" written in 1910.
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.
Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.
William Rudolph Ernest Spence, was born at in St Pancras, London on 29 July 1862, youngest son of Irish born Lewis Henry Spence, a merchant, and his wife Ann née Benham.
Known as Ernest Spence, a figure, landscape, genre and portrait painter, he exhibited nine works at the Royal Academy 1884-1902 including this painting - 'Solitude'. Other works shown at the RA include 'Circe', and 'The River Way'. Spence also exhibited at Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters and elsewhere.
In 1871, he was being educated, together with his three elder brothers, at the boarding school kept by John Porter, a Moravian minister, at South Street, Leominster, Herefordshire. His father died at Kentish Town on 22 February 1874, aged 50, and by 1881, Ernest was back living in St Pancras with his 51 year old widowed mother Ann, and four of his five siblings.
Ernest married Amsbel Beatrice Du Cane in London in 1885. In 1891, they moved to the Isle of Wight with their sons, Reginald and Douglas. They then moved to Guildford in 1894. Here they had another daughter, Ruth.
Spence died in Watford on 31 July 1944, aged 82. His daughter Ruth Amsbel Spence (1893-1941) was also an artist who exhibited at the Society of Women Artists in 1920, from One Tree Corner, Guildford.