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Portrait of Mr.C Suthers and Miss Suthers by Robert Crozier 1815-1891

Portrait of Mr.C Suthers and Miss Suthers
With a favourite horse and dogs
Signed and dated 1854
Large oil painting on canvas 43 x 54.1/2 inches (110 x 138 cm)

Charles Suthers was the owner of Oxford Mill, Oldham

Robert Crozier was born in Blackburn in 1815, the son of George Crozier, a saddler and one of the leaders of a group of working-class amateur botanists. When Crozier was ten his family moved briefly to Bolton, before settling in Warrington in April 1826. From the age of twelve until he was twenty, Crozier was apprenticed to a coach painter called William Maskey. However, during this time Crozier also studied under John Kitchingham, a local teacher of drawing, grammar, miniature painting and botany, until Kitchingham was killed in a railway accident.
In 1836 Crozier moved to Manchester, where he remained for the rest of his life. He became a pupil of Henry Travis, before going on to study at the Manchester School of Design under John Zephania Bell in 1838. In the same year, Crozier was to marry Ellen Morgan of Liverpool; they had two daughters and a son. On leaving the School of Design, in 1845 Crozier went to study under William Bradley, and it was after this that he gained his reputation as a portrait painter. In 1851, at Bradley’s suggestion, he opened a studio in St Anne’s Street. Crozier first exhibited at the Royal Manchester Institution in 1841, and at the Royal Academy in 1854, but it was the success of the ‘Exhibition of Works of Local Artists’ at Peel Park, Salford, in 1857, that encouraged Crozier and other local artists to set up the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts in 1859. Shortly after its foundation Crozier was appointed Literary Secretary of the Academy, a position which he held until he was elected Treasurer in 1868, and from 1878 until a month before his death he was President of the Academy. His wife Ellen died in 1880. Crozier died at his home in Sydney Street, off Oxford Road in Manchester, on 7th February 1891.

The Robert Crozier collection was sold at auction in November 1995 by order of an anonymous Cheshire collector. The previous custodial history of the collection is not known. The collection was divided into seventeen lots, all but three of which (This painting is one of the 3) were purchased by the John Rylands University Library of Manchester.

Literature: Thomas Letherbrow, Robert Crozier: a memoir (Manchester: J.E. Cornish, 1891). Page 44

Price £On Request

Edward VIII (The Duke of Windsor) Sunlight in the East by Fred Roe


Sunlight in the East’
by Fred Roe 1864-1947
Oil painting on canvas 36 x 44 inches
Signed and numbered lower left

Exhibited Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto 1935

Edward VIII (The Duke of Windsor; 1894 –1972) during one of his visits to the East End of London. Throughout the 1920s Edward, as Prince of Wales, represented his father, King George V, at home and abroad on many occasions. He took a particular interest in visiting the poverty stricken areas of the country.

Fred Roe was born in Cambridge, the son of Robert Henry Roe, painter and engraver; He went on to study at Heatherley School of Fine Art under Seymour Lucas. Roe first exhibited at the prestigious Royal Academy in 1877, was elected to the RBA in 1895, then to the Royal Institute of British Painters in 1909. He spent many years living in London being recorded in the 1901 census as living in Hampstead with his wife and son (Frederic Gordon Roe who became an art critic).
Roe developed a successful career as a painter of historical genre subjects, often connected with the Tower of London. He painted several pictures of Joan of Arc, and also some showing incidents in the life of Nelson. He was an accomplished portrait painter and his work can be found in many public collections including the National Portrait Gallery in London. During his career, Roe was best known for his large historical compositions set in period costumes. He is known to have worked in oils and watercolour.

Price £On Request

Ref:2033a

King Charles I, cast lead medal 1636, by Hans Reinhardt the younger

 
Cast lead medal, 1636, by Hans Reinhardt the younger, conjoined busts of Charles I and Henrietta Maria right, dividing date 16 – 36, he in armour wearing wide lace collar and Garter George on ribbon, she with pearl necklace, CAR ET MAR DG ANGL FRANC ET HIBER RR, rev., seated figures of Justice and Peace, embracing, two infant genii in attendance, IVSTITIA ET PAX OSCVLATÆ SVNT PSAL 84, 55mm (MI 278/82; Eim. 128). The variety with a stop point between the two R’s at end of obverse legend,

Very fine and very rare.

The Anglo Dutch Fishing Treaty of 1636 saw the Dutch pay £30,000 to be permitted to fish in British waters. Some of the money was financed the deployment of a fleet to clear the seas of pirates.

Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £480.00

Ref:239

Sir Ralph Abercromby 1734-1801 General

1710
Scottish soldier and politician. He rose to the rank of lieutenant-general in the British Army, was noted for his services during the Napoleonic Wars, and served as Commander-in-Chief, Ireland..

Artist: by H.D.Cook after John Hoppner R.A. 1758-1810

Size 28 x 22cm full margin and plate mark

Price £14.00

Ref:3309

Alexander Pope 1688-1744 Poet

1711
The son of a linen-draper, Pope was first noticed by Jacob Tonson who published his Pastorals in 1709. With The Rape of the Lock 1712, and his translations of Homer, Pope became the most formidable literary figure of his day, with a large circle of friends and enemies. Primarily a satirical poet and of unsurpassed metrical skill, he wrote ‘what oft was thought, but ne’er so well expressed’. A friend of Swift and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and famous in the history of landscape gardening for the grounds of his villa at Twickenham, he was revered as one of the great personalities of the age.

Artist: by John Simon, after Michael Dahl 1728

Size 35 x 25cm trimmed as illustrated

Price £28.00

Ref:3509

King Charles I, silver Royalist badge, by Thomas Rawlins

323323a

 
Charles I, a miniature silver Royalist badge, by Thomas Rawlins, bust of Charles I left, his hair falling over plain lace collar, rev., in incuse, crowned shield of arms within Garter, 15.5 x 11mm (MI 363/240; pl. XXXII/18; Platt I, p. 290, type O, not illustrated), integral suspension loop.

Very fine with dark tone and very rare.

Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £320.00

Ref:323

King Charles II, Exile or Restoration gilt-silver badge

399399a
Charles II, Exile or Restoration gilt-silver badge, crowned bust right, hair long over lace collar, in incuse, CAROLVS SECVNDVS, rev., in incuse, crowned Royal arms within Garter, C – R to either side of crown, 32.5 x 21.5mm (MI 440/9, illus.; pl. XL/14), integral suspension loop.

Very fine.

Provenance: Ex E. K. Barnsdale Collection, Spink, New York, 2001

Price £SOLD

Ref:399

John Gidley 1632-1713, surgeon, oval bronze portrait medal, 1682

499499a

 John Gidley (1632-c. 1713), surgeon, uniface oval bronze portrait medal, 1682, bust right, mantle around shoulders, JOANNES GIDLEY LOND, AD 1682 E S 50, 71 x 58mm (MI 590/268; Brettauer 401).

Very fine and extremely rare.

John Gidley was born and baptized in Winkleigh, Devon. He finished his education at Exeter College, Oxford, 1653/54 and gained an M.A. in 1660. He was a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Barber-Surgeons’ Company. His brother Bartholomew was a famous Royalist during the Civil War whist some of his descendants emigrated to Newport, Rhode Island.

Provenance: Bt T. Millett, March 2009.

Price £600.00

Ref:499

Elizabeth I, engraved silver counter, + 6 others

128 128a
Elizabeth I, an engraved silver counter, in imitation of those by Simon de Passe, facing bust on ruff and arched crown, rev., REGINA, 22mm; others from the same set (4), each with male portrait, revs., armorial shields (2), Tudor rose and coronet; further counters (2), cross / rose and shield / rose, all 22mm, perhaps 18th century.

Very fine and possibly a unique group. (7)

A most unusual and un-explained group or part set.

The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals 128

Price £575.00

Ref:128