Engraver Schwab after Hochhauser
On paper size 37 x 24 cm
Sporting portrait of Charles and Mary Suthers
with a favourite hunter and dogs
Signed and dated 1854
Large oil painting on canvas 43 x 54.1/2 inches (110 x 138 cm)
The Suthers were Oldham Aristocracy in the early 19th Century, and Charles and his brother Spencer built the Oxford Mill which is still standing. Mary, in the picture married William Wild who ran the Oldham Evening News. Charles married into the Lees family and one of his sons., Leigh Suthers was one of the Newlyn School.
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
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.
Charles VI on horseback, with a view of Vienna
(born Oct. 1, 1685, Vienna, Austria—died Oct. 20, 1740, Vienna), Holy Roman emperor from 1711 and, as Charles III, archduke of Austria and king of Hungary. … From 1704 to 1711 he attempted to impose his rule but succeeded only in Catalonia
Engraver Johann Conrad Reiff (d.1726)
49 x 39 cm inc margin
Artist: by H.D.Cook after John Hoppner R.A. 1758-1810
Size 28 x 22cm full margin and plate mark
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
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
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.
Princess Matilda and the Electress Sophia (1630-1714) and the Protestant succession, silver medal, 1701, by Samuel Lambelet, bust of Princess Matilda [daughter of Henry II] to right, legend in two lines around, MATILDAN FILIA H II R ANGL …, rev., bust of Princess Sophia [granddaughter of James I] to right, legend in two lines around, SOPHIA EX STIRPE …, 65mm (MI 218/542; Brockm 752; Stemper 197).
Large impressive medal, good very fine.
The medal was struck to demonstrate how, following the lack of male heirs by either Queen Mary or Queen Anne, the Protestant line would succeed to the English throne, from the descendants of these two princesses, as indeed happened in 1714.