Lady Diana Beauclerk - the Infant Pan

The Infant Pan in Country Life

Lady Diana Beauclerk’s drawing of the Infant Pan was selected by Huon Mallalieu of ‘Country Life’ in his weekly column on the art market. He reviewed our exhibition of the work of British women artists, in which the drawing is included, with his customary erudition.

Lady Di, as she was known, was the eldest daughter of Charles Spencer, 2nd Duke of Marlborough and grew up at Blenheim Palace. She was a colourful character whose marriages to a drunk and an addict were problematic. As Huon noted in his piece, she was luckier with her friends, and Horace Walpole was a great admirer who built a room at his home Strawberry Hill in Twickenham to house her work.

Lady Diana was well known for her charming drawings of children, cupids and bacchantes, some of which were engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi and thus widely distributed. She produced designs for Wedgwood wares from wine coolers to marble clocks, painted murals and illustrated books.

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Lady Diana Beauclerk - the Infant Pan
Alice Mary Chambers

London Art Week Digital 2020

We were pleased to return to LAW again this July, although it was a virtual event. We much missed meeting up with customers, collectors and curators and the usual buzz of the London summer.

Karen was pleased to participate in an online webinar about women artists, whose work she has championed for many years. Here is a link to the discussion, organised by the London Art Week team.

She was also delighted at the response to our new catalogue on this theme.

Alice Mary Chambers
Chinese Artist of the Straits School

Masterpiece Fair 2020

We were delighted to participate in the Masterpiece Fair in Chelsea for the first time this summer. Although it was a digital event, rather different from the tent in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, it was a rewarding experience with a number of virtual panel discussions and online conversations with collectors.

We made this film about a pair of beautiful botanical works from Malacca which have now been sold.

Chinese Artist of the Straits School

David Cox (1783-1859)

Hay-on-Wye, Wales

David Cox, Hay-on-Wye

Signed l.r.: D. COX., watercolour over traces of pencil with scratching out and touches of gum arabic

21.3 x 34 cm.; 8 3/8 x 13 3/8 inches

Provenance
Guy D. Harvey-Samuel (1887-1960);

Fine Art Society, Annual Exhibition of English Drawings and Watercolours, April 1960; no. 108;

Private collection, U.K. until 2020

framed work

This sparkling watercolour in superb condition and dating from circa 1824 is a fine example of the fluent small-scale drawings with which Cox had commercial success in the mid to late 1820s.

He wrote to William Radclyffe that he intended to devote more time to saleable smaller works, as his larger pictures were not finding buyers (Scott Wilcox points out that his discovery of the elegant small watercolours by Bonington at this date would have provided a compelling model (See Scott Wilcox, ed., Sun, Wind, and Rain: The Art of David Cox, exhibition catalogue, Yale Centre for British Art, p. 36).

Cox drew several versions of this view; the closest to this one is a slightly larger drawing in the British Museum (1915,0313.6).  Another version was engraved by William Radclyffe as plate XI in Thomas Roscoe’sWanderings and Excursions in South Wales in 1837 in which agricultural labourers and their horses replace the sheep and cattle in the foreground. Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery have a slightly smaller version with sheep in the foreground (1927P678 and see David Cox, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 2008-9, no. 31).

French or German School, early 19th Century

Maison à Heiligenstadt

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heiligenstadt-framed

£1800

Inscribed on label attached verso, bodycolour on laid paper with a black line border, in a gold leaf frame

17.5 x 27.5 cm; 6 7/8 x 10 3/4 inches; 36 x 45.5 cm; 14 1/8 x 17 7/8 inches framed size

Provenance

Henry Rogers Broughton. ,2nd Baron Fairhaven (1800-1873)

Henry Rogers Broughton succeeded his older brother Urban Huttlestone Broughton as 2nd Baron Fairhaven in 1966. He was born in the States and educated at Harrow before joining the Royal Horse Guards in 1920. Both brothers were great collectors and Henry put together one of the largest twentieth century collections of paintings, drawings, gouaches and miniatures. He left a large bequest of 120 flower paintings, over 900 watercolours and drawings and 44 volumes of drawings by botanical artists such as Redouté and Ehret to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge - the Broughton Bequest.

It has not yet been possible to identify the view in the watercolour which presents a snapshot of everyday life in the 19th century. The mattresses airing in the garden and the laundry on the line point to a well run household taking advantage of the good weather. 

George Willoughby Maynard (American 1843 - 1923)

A black man in Georgetown, Washington D.C.

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£450

A black man in Georgetown, Washington D.C.

Inscribed and dated l.r.: Georgetown DC 1875, graphite 14.5 x 8.8 cm; 5 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches

A page from a sketchbook.

The artist and illustrator, who was born in Washington D.C., painted a mural in the Library of Congress entitled ‘In strange Seas’.

George Willoughby Maynard (American 1843 - 1923)

A black man, Washington D.C.

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£450

Inscribed and dated 1875 l.l., graphite 15 x 9.2 cm; 6 x 3 1/2 inches

A page from a sketchbook.

The artist and illustrator, who was born in Washington D.C., painted a mural in the Library of Congress entitled ‘In strange Seas’.

E. Ellis or A.A. Ellis (fl. 1850-75)

Alicante on the coast of Valencia, Spain

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Provenance
Captain Sir Charles Robert Bignold (1892-1970), of Norwich;
The Bignold Library Collection of colour-plate books, Sotheby’s 15-16 November 1971, lot 351 (part lot), bought by the Chippendale workshops for £300.

Captain Sir Charles Bignold’s distinguished collection of books was sold at Sotheby’s as a single owner sale in November 1971 on the instructions of Lady Bignold, his widow.  His collection included several other books about Spain, including Rev. William Bradford’s ‘Sketches of the Country, Character and Costume of Portugal and Spain in 1808 and 1809', two editions of Don Quixote and Lt. George Cockburn’s ‘A voyage to Cadiz and Gibraltar.. ‘. His ancestor Thomas Bignold founded the Norwich Union Insurance company in 1797.

 

Two, each inscribed verso: Alicante on the coast of Valencia, watercolour over pencil on card, with the original wash line border

Each 11.2 x 17.4 cm; 4 3/8 x 6 7/8 inches (image size)

The Ellises were a father and daughter who travelled extensively in the British Isles and Europe- in France, Switzerland and Italy as well as Spain from 1850-75, recording their travels by sketching in watercolour. It is not known which hand was responsible for this group of watercolours of Spain. In the Bignold sale the collection was bound as a set in black morocco leather.

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E. Ellis or A.A. Ellis (fl. 1850 - 75)

Martorell with the bridge of Hannibal, Catalonia

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£300

Inscribed verso: Martoral with the bridge of Hannibal, watercolour one pencil on card, with the original wash line border.

The bridge is also known as the Puente del Diabolo or the Sant Bartomeu bridge and crosses the river Llobregat. It has been rebuilt several times, having been first built in the 2nd century AD, rebuilt in 1289 and again in 1963, after it was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War and has become the symbol of the city.

Provenance
Captain Sir Charles Robert Bignold (1892-1970), of Norwich;
The Bignold Library Collection of colour-plate books, Sotheby’s 15-16 November 1971, lot 351 (part lot), bought by the Chippendale workshops for £300

Captain Sir Charles Bignold’s distinguished collection of books was sold at Sotheby’s as a single owner sale in November 1971 on the instructions of Lady Bignold, his widow.  His collection included several other books about Spain, including Rev. William Bradford’s ‘Sketches of the Country, Character and Costume of Portugal and Spain in 1808 and 1809', two editions of Don Quixote and Lt. George Cockburn’s ‘A voyage to Cadiz and Gibraltar.. ‘. His ancestor Thomas Bignold founded the Norwich Union Insurance company in 1797.

The Ellises were a father and daughter who travelled extensively in the British Isles and Europe- in France, Switzerland and Italy as well as Spain from 1850-75, recording their travels by sketching in watercolour. It is not known which hand was responsible for this group of watercolours of Spain. In the Bignold sale the collection was bound as a set in black morocco leather.