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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 £22,000.00

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

Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey (1621-1678), silver medal, 1678, by George Bower

492 492a
The Murder of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey (1621-1678), silver medal, 1678, by George Bower, bust of Godfrey right, two hands strangling him with his cravat, rev., the Pope watches as Godfrey is murdered by Robert Green, TANTVM RELLIGIO POTVIT, dated on lettered edge, edge inscribed CERVICE FRACTA FIDEM. SVSTVLIT ATLAS XNS 1678, 39mm (MI 577/247; Eim. 257).

Extremely fine and lightly toned.

The murder of Godfrey, supposedly instigated by the Roman Catholics, remains something of a mystery. In December 1678 one Miles Prance, was arrested for conspiracy and confessed that he had taken part in the murder which was committed in the courtyard of Somerset House. Godfrey, he stated, was strangled in the presence of three priests, by Robert Green, Lawrence Hill and Henry Berry and the body was taken to Hampstead. Green, Hill and Berry were arrested and in February 1679 they were hanged. This and the following medals depict various aspects of the story. The reverse legend on this medal is extracted from Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura, part of the famous observation on the evil deeds inspired by religious zeal.

Provenance: Baldwin List, 2005 (no. 17).
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £395.00

Ref:492

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

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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 £450.00

Ref:399

King Charles I & Henrietta Maria, Silver Royalist Badge 1650

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Charles I and Henrietta Maria, small silver Royalist Badge, bare-headed bust of Charles left, with long hair with love lock on left shoulder, wearing falling lace collar, rev., bust of Henrietta Maria, nearly full-face, wearing pearl necklace, 26.5 x 19mm (MI 357/223; Platt I, type B, p. 287).

Very fine and toned, very rare.

Provenance: Bt. R. Falkiner, June 2005.

Price £550.00

Ref:312

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

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 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