Portrait of a Girl c.1700, by Robert ...

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Oil on canvas in a period giltwood frame.
This beautiful portrait is a sophisticated and talented work, endearing in the frank gaze of the sitter, and technically accomplished...most notably in the skin tones and the very painterly loose treatment of the hair. Byng, who was noted for his portraits of children, has depicted the attractive sitter with great charm.

ROBERT BYNG (1666 - 1720) was born in Wiltshire, but is buried in Oxford where he died in 1720, having lived there since before 1714.
He was a pupil of, and very strongly influenced by, Sir Godfrey Kneller (Principal Painter to the King and the most distinguished Baroque portraitist in England).
Byng's earliest dated portraits are c.1697; one of his younger brothers, Edward, was drapery painter to Kneller and his principal assistant.

SIZE: 39 x 34 including the frame.
PROVENANCE: By descent in a private collection, Buckinghamshire; latterly stored in an attic for many years.

Portrait of a Noblewoman, Possibly Mary, Queen ...

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Oil on oak panel, 17th/early 18th century in a period frame.

This exquisite small portrait, painted with a miniaturist's skill, has a very intimate quality; the sitter's eyes meet the viewer's in a direct and confidential way.

Painted in the 17th or early 18th century this portrait is in the manner of Clouet in the 1560s. There are several portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots by him which are very similar both in technique and the appearance of the sitter. It is likely that the portrait was painted in the 17th century when the Stuarts, Mary's descendants, were on the throne and Mary's image was revamped from traitor to martyr. Mary had been called an adulteress and traitor by the English and was beheaded for plotting to assassinate her cousin Elizabeth I, but under the Stuarts she was presented as a beautiful and religious princess unjustly executed for her Catholic faith.

Of course, it may also be that the sitter was a noblewoman who looked like Mary. There are so many images claimed to be of her and so many artists depicted her in their own way...half the portraits seem to bear no resemblance to each other, especially the 18th and 19th century ones.

However, regardless of the identity of the sitter this remains a beautiful and highly skilled portrait of a very attractive young woman of very rank.

FRANCOIS CLOUET (c. 1510 – 22 December 1572), son of Jean Clouet, was a French Renaissance miniaturist and painter, particularly known for his detailed portraits of the French ruling family. His work is remarkable for the elaborate finish of all the details, the extreme accuracy of the drawing, and the exquisite completeness of the whole portrait.
SIZE: 16 x 13.5 inches including the frame.
Panel size: 10.5 x 8.25 inches.
PROVENANCE: Collection of Mevrouw Vredenberg, Holland. Restored and sold by Kunsthandel Oenema.
French Private Collection.
Verso; old labels for restorer and dealer, plus a handwritten label attributing the portrait to Manner of Holbein.


Portrait Bust of Sappho c.1900 by HL ...

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A superb and rare terracotta Art Nouveau portrait bust of Sappho, the famous Ancient Greek poetess, sculpted by HL Blasche. There are plaster versions of this sculpture, but the terracotta ones are most uncommon.
Sappho was greatly loved for her personification of love and affection, and her creativity. Her poetry was so rhythmical, usually accompanied by music and dance, that it gained the reputation for being the Divine Inspiration of the Muses.
She was born on the Aegean island of Lesbos

about 615 BC. To the Greeks Homer was the Poet and Sappho was the Poetess. Plato called her The Tenth Muse.
Those who know the language of ancient Greece have long ago convinced us that much of the beauty of Greek lyric verse is lost in English translation.
The Greeks' appreciation of the poetry of Sappho gave her the recognition as one of the greatest of women poets and the greatest of all lyric poets.
She was married and the mother of a child but her poetry reveals her sexual attraction to women. Our English word for sexual love between women is derived from Lesbos the name of the island where Sappho lived. Her imagery and the intensity of her poetry transcends sexual reference; it is poetry lifted to an ethereal plain. It is said that Sappho's use of every word has a perfection and inimitable grace.
This bust, 24 inches tall, beautifully sculpted and painted, was made by Reps & Trinte of Magdeburg, Saxony in c. 1900. It bears their pre 1910 mark; 'R & T Mgdbg Gesetzl Geschibz'.
The company was founded by Carl Reps in 1889 and made artworks in terracotta, marble and bronze. They exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904.

SIZE: 24 inches tall.
PROVENANCE: In a Yorkshire Private collection since 1973.

Portrait of Anne Parker by Fredrick Percy ...

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Oil on canvas in a period giltwood frame. Signed and dated 1879 verso.

This lovely portrait of the beautiful Anne Parker is a reduced size copy of the large (50 x 40 inches) 18th century original by the famous Joseph Wright A.R.A. (Wright of Derby).
Anne, her hair dressed with pearls, looks pensive and touches her wrist band which would have contained a miniature of a loved one. Her dog, also a symbol of loyalty and faithfulness, looks soulfully up at her.

ANNE PARKER (1768-1807), daughter of Robert Parker of Cuerden and his wife Anne Parker (née Townley of Royle Hall, Lancs) she married Richard Crosse who took the name and arms Legh of Adlington on inheriting from a cousin. Mother of Thomas Legh; Richard Townley Legh; Jane Legh; Sister of Banastre Parker and Thomas Townley Parker.

FREDERICK PERCY GRAVES (1837-1903) London address.1859-1872 Exhibited 25 works at The Society of British Artists, and 6 at The Royal Academy.

SIZE: 32 x 27 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: Verso: inscribed ' From Cuerden copy by Graves of portrait by J Wright (1734-96), about 1777-85 of Anne Parker. By descent note to verso: Anne Parker (1768-1807) daughter of Robert Parker of Cuerden and his wife Anne Parker (née Townley of Royle Hall, Lancs) she married Richard Crosse who took the name and arms Legh of Adlington on inheriting from a cousin. This copy by Graves in 1879 was of an original by Joseph Wright (1734-96). The original descended in the Crosse family. The copy came from Cuerden (the Parker family) to their descendant Helen Townley Crockatt (née Tatton).


Portrait of a Young Lady; Attributed to ...

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Oil on canvas, now mounted on board.

This is a charming and sensitive portrait of a very attractive young woman; she looks to her right, her head slightly raised, apparently lost in a reverie.
It is painted with Paice's characteristic broad brush strokes, and, in the treatment of the dress fabric, there is a painterly delight in the bravura brushwork.

PHILIP STUART PAICE (1884-1940) "Painted highly competent portraits" (Dictionary of Portrait Painters in Britain up to 1920).
Paice was born in London, son of the artist George Paice. Awarded a Landseer Scholarship, he studied at Heatherleys and the Royal Academy Schools from 1905 to 10. He was Art Master at Denver, Colorado, USA and then at The Birkenhead Institute. He exhibited once at the Royal Academy, 20 times at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and 23 times at the Royal Cambrian Academy. At the time of his death he was living in Cheshire.

SIZE: 29 x 24.25 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: Wiltshire Private Collection.
Verso: Trade label for Garve Hessenberg BA of Oxford, conservator.