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Daniel Goddard is a director and head of the picture department. He has recently catalogued and organised two major sales of paintings by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), which raised in excess of £3 million.
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A small painting by George Wooliscroft Rhead, to be sold in our Winter 2014 FIne Art Auction on 21st January 2014, with the same title as the artist’s masterwork, Sacrifice to Neptune. 

George Wooliscroft Rhead's masterwork Sacrifice to Neptune [92 x 204cm] was exhibited at The New Gallery in 1904. The themes in the painting are Authority, Retribution, Vanity, Love, Trust, Innocence, Beauty and Renaissance and Rhead draws inspiration from the ancient Greco-Roman story of Perseus and Andromeda who was offered as a sacrifice to calm Neptune's rage caused by her parents, the King and Queen of Ethiopia, who proclaimed their child Andromeda was more beautiful than all the daughters of Neptune. To appease him and calm the storms and floods engulfing the Kingdom, the price was her sacrifice, and so Beauty and Love are offered up to satisfy a vengeful God.

George Wooliscroft Rhead was taught by the Pre-Raphaelite founder Ford Maddox Brown. Few paintings by the artist appear on the market but there are a number of small paintings with the same title as the masterwork A Sacrifice to Neptune, this being one which we will sell on 21st January 2014 along with other works by GW Rhead, his brothers Frederick Alfred Rhead and Louis Rhead and his niece Charlotte Rhead.

Rhead was a member of the Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers, creating hundreds of illustrations and prints which provided the major part of his income. He exhibited at various venues including the Dudley Gallery, Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, The International Society,  The Liverpool Walker Art Gallery,  The London Salon, The Royal Academy and The Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers.

He married the Scottish artist Annie French [for whom we have an etching in the same sale FS21] and taught at the Putney School of Art from 1896. In 1916, he was living at Doune Lodge Putney which is the address on the backboard to this painting.



A sacrifice to Neptune (FS21/261)


21 January 2014

Lot FS21/261

George Woolliscroft Rhead [1854-1920]

A Sacrifice to Neptune

signed and inscribed on the backboard

further inscribed with artists address Doune Lodge, Oxford Rd, Putney, SW

watercolour heightened with bodycolour

16 x 39cm.

Estimate £800-£1,200



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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:10:25 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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'‘The Leonardo de Vinci of North Staffordshire


This was the eye-catching headline in the obituary to Frederick Alfred Rhead published in the Staffordshire Advertiser on Saturday, 6th May 1933. High praise for a hard working Staffordshire potter, but the extraordinary collection of Rhead art pottery, ceramics, pictures and artefacts, which we will sell on 21st/22nd January 2014 in our Winter 2014 Fine Art Auction, show he clearly was part of an extraordinary dynasty of artists.


My colleague Nic Saintey is posting news about the Rhead art pottery on his blog and indeed it is for this that Frederick Rhead, brother Louis Rhead and his daughter Charlotte Rhead are best known.


My involvement has been with the pictures; some closely linked to the ceramics in terms of original sketches and designs ranging from the important watercolour drawing of the Gladstone Vase, to figurative and narrative designs for art pottery tiles, many of which went to production.




 FA Rhead - The Creation of Genesis (FS21/262)


Among the FA Rhead paintings, the most spectacular is this watercolour interpretation of what I believe is the sixth day of The Creation from Genesis Chapter 1, when God created herbs, trees, flowers and plants (FS21/262). It is a rhythmical and highly decorative image which was a bit of a puzzle, so by all means let me know if you think it may not be The Creation!


The watercolour is in the fine picture auction on 21st January 2014 along with several others by Frederick Rhead, and from the same collection, paintings by Louis John Rhead, Frederick Hurten Rhead, a charming sketch of a terrier by Charlotte Rhead and an important painting by George Woolliscroft Rhead which I will post news about shortly.


So, if Rhead was the de Vinci of North Staffordshire, how about William Widgery, the JMW Turner of East Devon…..?

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:06:40 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Louis Van Staaten (1836-1909) must have painted dozens (maybe hundreds!) of these very accomplished and detailed views of Dutch harbours and canals. Invariably they are fresh and crisp and the two in our next Picture Sale are no exception.






Louis Van Staaten (EX79/103)





Louis Van Staaten (EX79/104)


Both are watercolours with estimates of £200-£300. They come-up for sale on 19th November 2013, along with over 150 other watercolours, oil paintings, etchings and prints. 

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There are three small oil paintings by Alan Cotton in our picture sale next week and over the last two years we have sold well over a dozen works by this contemporary west country artist for figures up to £2,000.





Alan Cotton (EX79/61)


The estimates for each of these three are more modest at £150-£250 each. The subjects are a Provencal farm, a Tuscan landscape and a moody study of storm cloud study.





Alan Cotton (EX79/62)


They will be sold together with over 150 other pictures in the sale which takes place on Tuesday, 19th November 2013. 






Alan Cotton (EX79/63)

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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, November 06, 2013


watercolour of the statue of eros in piccadilly circus by william francis longstaff (1879-1953)

A waterolour of the Statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus painted by the artist 
William Francis Longstaff (1879-1953)

This watercolour of the Statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus is an evocative post-WWII period image by William Francis Longstaff (1879-1953). It depicts a newspaper seller, trams and shoppers in the fading light of a damp winter day with reflections and bright lights reflected off the wet street. The pre-sale estimate is £150-£200 and the watercolour is part of our next Picture Sale on 19th November 2013 at our salerooms in Exeter.

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Review Entries for Day Thursday, June 27, 2013

Edmund George Warren was one of the first traditional landscape artists to be influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites.

Edmund George Warren (1834-1909) lived first in London, then later in Devon and was acknowledged as the one of the first traditional landscape artists to be influenced by Pre-Raphaelite ideas of colour, observation and attention to detail. One of two paintings by Warren in our fine art sale on Wednesday, 3rd July 2013 is titled A Devonshire Valley Farm, Autumn Morning, Market Day (FS19/257) and is estimated at £800-£1,200.


 edmund george warren - a devonshire valley farm (fs19/257)

Edmund George Warren - A Devonshire Valley Farm (FS19/257)

The painting shows Pre-Raphaelite influence in the colour combinations of red and rich shades of green and the tonal range from summer sky to a shadowy avenue of trees. The other work by Warren in the July 2013 sale is a watercolor titled Haymaking (FS19/256) estimated at £400-£600, which has equally confident colour combinations and tones.


 edmund george warren - hay making (fs19/256)

Edmund George Warren - Hay Making (FS19/256)

In 2011, we sold a small private collection of pictures that included two paintings by Warren: The Lock Gate (FS10, lot 272) for £3,150 and A Devonshire Lane (FS10, lot 273) for £2,200 - both of which had strong Pre-Raphaelite influence.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:27:20 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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There is a charming and amusing oil painting of St Ives by Rod Pearce in our Selected Picture Sale on 23rd July 2013.

 rod pearce - st ives

Rod Pearce - St Ives

The painting mocks the cramped town with fishermen’s cottages back to back along steep steps and cobbles. Surmounting the scene is a lighthouse and weather vane. The artist Rod Pearce lived in St Ives in the 1940s and has been a regular visitor all his life. This painting is estimated at £80-£120 and is one among over 150, 19th and 20th century oil paintings, watercolours, minatures and prints that will be sold at our auction rooms in Honiton on 23rd July 2013.

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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Is there a Hercule Poirot in you? In our fine picture auction that will be held as part of our Summer Fine Art Sale on the 3rd July 2013 there are many pictures by well-known and documented artists.

However, there are also, as in any fine art auction house picture catalogue, a number of attributed to or circle of a certain known artist entries. Some examples from our next auction are:-


 circle of charles hunt (fs19/lot 222)

Circle of Charles Hunt (FS19/222)


 attributed to james holland (fs19/lot 219)

Attributed to James Holland (FS19/219)


 manner of claude vernet (fs19/227)

Manner of Claude Vernet (FS19/227)


 after murillo (fs19/224)

After Murillo (FS19/224)

These are catalogue descriptions for pictures not thought in the auction house’s opinion to be by the hand of the named artist;  but similar to or of the same period, but not by the artist; or a copy by a later unknown hand.

However, do you know better? Has your detective work brought you to a different conclusion? Is there what is known in the trade as a  "sleeper" about!  Buy or ask for a loan catalogue, visit our fine art catalogues online, come to one of our pre-sale viewing days, bring your magnifying glass and do some detective work of your own. "Finds" are made on a weekly basis in London auction rooms; perhaps too in Exeter! Surely not with our level of expertise. Peut etre oui, peut etre non, mes amis!

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Review Entries for Day Monday, June 24, 2013

Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857-1947) was the “Father” of the Newlyn School movement.  Born in Dublin, he studied in Paris and at the RA Schools. Moved to Newlyn with his wife to be Elizabeth Adela Armstrong, a great painter in her own right, in 1884. Many artists followed; Harold Harvey; Henry Scott Tuke; Frank Bramley ; Fred Hall; Charles Walter Simpson and many others. The list of talent and recognised artists is seemingly endless .


 stanhope alexander forbes - fishermen repairing nets (fs19/263)

Stanhope Alexander Forbes - Fishermen repairing nets (FS19/263)

There is a Stanhope Alexander Forbes (FS19/263) in our sale next week which is a beautiful study of fishermen repairing nets. This was a subject Stanhope Forbes focused intently on during his early years in Newlyn. The sketch is signed and has great provenance as a gift to a former pupil of Stanhope Alexander Forbes. Scenes such as the one depicted in this lovely canvas, just 23 x 30cms, can still be seen today around the small fishing harbours of Cornwall. With an estimate of £2,000-£3,000, it is a great way of owning a work by a master of his craft, one of the very famous of our British Impressionist School artists, for a relatively small sum! It is to be sold in our Fine Picture auction on Wednesday, 3rd July 2013.

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Review Entries for Day Monday, June 17, 2013

Frederick John Widgery (1861-1942) was a talented painter of moors, coast, sea and landscape and was particularly skillful at capturing the particular local light and weather. As a plein air painter, Widgery often worked in watercolour and some of his most accomplished works show a close understanding of nature. We regularly sell watercolours, gouache and oil paintings by Frederick John Widgery. In particular,  we are offering a View of Row Tor, Dartmoor (FS19/245).


frederick john widgery - row tor, dartmoor (fs19/245)

Frederick John Widgery - Row Tor, Dartmoor (FS19/245)

The estimate on this Frederick John Widgery painting, which is in gouache, is £200-£300.

Our 23rd October 2013 sale of fine paintings also includes a painting by Frederick John Widgery  - The Upper Exe, which will be offered with a pre-sale estimate of £300-£500. This is an oil on canvas measuring 44 x 59cm.


frederick john widgery - the upper exe - estimate £300-£500

Frederick John Widgery - The Upper Exe - Estimate £300-£500

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Monday, June 17, 2013 3:37:30 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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We have a painting from the Circle of Sir Francis Grant in our next fine sale. It is a charming family portrait of two Scottish boys shows them having a short break from scrapping around and playing (FS19/206).


 circle of sir francis grant (fs19/206)

Circle of Sir Francis Grant (FS19/206)

Their faces are slightly flushed and in the foreground on the floor is a spinning top and one of their Tam O’Shantas. The boys are dressed in red tunics and posed in a theatrical looking balcony interior with an early Victorian armchair draped in an Indian paisley silk shawl and on a pedestal behind is a neo-classical urn.

However, the star of the show is a very graceful-looking rocking horse with leather bridle and horse hair mane. We have catalogued the painting as Circle of Sir Francis Grant, an important Scottish portrait painter whose subjects included Queen Victoria and other distinguished aristocratic and political figures of the time. The family portrait is offered on 3rd July 2013 in the fine picture auction with an estimate of £1,200-£1,800.

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Monday, June 17, 2013 2:11:34 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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We have been fortunate to sell a good collection of paintings by the East Devon based artist, Alan Cotton.

In April 2013, we offered a group of seven paintings by Cotton, which included views of Hartland Point on the North Devon coast (FS18/301) and (FS18/302), Provence in France (FS18/306) and East Hill close to the coast at Sidmouth(FS18/305).

In our picture sale on 3rd July 2013, there is an atmospheric view overlooking Florence which was painted in the 1980s.


 alan cotton - atmospheric view over florence (fs19/289)

Alan Cotton - Atmospheric view over Florence (FS19/289)

Alan Cotton moved to Devon in the 1960s, was a lecturer and academic at Exeter University and Rolle College. He now has a studio in Colaton Raleigh and by Royal Appointment in 2005 he was the official tour artist for the Prince of Wales on a trip to Sri Lanka and Australasia. This view overlooking Florence by Alan Cotton has an estimate of £1,500-£2,000.

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Monday, June 17, 2013 2:03:06 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The Spanish Still Life oil painting by Antoni Clave (FS18/402) attracted more pre-sale interest that any of the other paintings in the Quarterly Fine Art Sale held on 24th and 25th April 2013.


 spanish still life by antoni clave (fs18/402)

Spanish Still Life By Antoni Clave (FS18/402)

Clave was a well known and celebrated Catalan painter who trained at the Barcelona School of Fine Arts and his work is influenced by artists such as Bonnard, Vuillard and Roualt. He is well known for his lyrical abstractions and mixed media works incorporating collage. The 1955 Still Life by Clave sold by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood last week was a very powerful image in dramatic saturated colour titled Nature Morte Rouge. The painting had good and interesting provenance, which is always a bonus, having been exhibited by Arthur Tooth in London in 1955 and it also had the distinction of being unsold in a Christies Contemporary Art Sale in 1990 when the estimate was £30,000-£40,000. This time the painting caused great interest and with a more realistic estimate was competed for by a number of telephone and internet bidders and sold for  £11,500.

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