Ellis Luciano Silas (1883-1972)
Signed lower right Ellis Silas. The original mount was endorsed in pencil with the artist's name and address, after being framed by Alfred Stiles & Sons 37-39 Brook Green Road W6. Ellis Luciano Silas studied under Walter Sickert and is best known for his marine paintings. Also see our blog here.
Her Only Possession
William Lee Hankey (1869-1952)
Drypoint, one of only fifty copies, made in 1916. Signed below in pencil, with the artist's monogram lower left. Also stamped monogram on paper by signature. William Lee Hankey observed at first hand the plight of refugees during the First World War. Many of his beautiful drypoints portray young mothers and their children. See Pick-a-Back for another mother and child by him. Our blog on Lee Hankey is here.
Polperro at Dusk
Signed with monogram AB and dated 1910. Painted on a prepared artists' board and originally framed before 1916 by Rowleys Fine Art Dealers, Manchester. Many artists with these initials are known to have painted in Cornwall at this date - so we can't yet identify who painted this accomplished watercolour of cottages round Polperro harbour at dusk.
Brigid Wright (1939-2000)
Graphite on paper, entitled Winter Cattle on label affixed to original backing board. From 1968 onwards Brigid Wright's artworks were shown widely in and around Wales. One of three recently acquired drawings by this artist. An earlier Brigid Wright drawing in our collection can be seen here
Benjamin Williams Leader R.A. (1831-1923)
Benjamin Leader was one of the outstanding landscape artists of his time, exhibiting at the Royal Academy every year from 1854 until he was over ninety years old. For more information see our blog. This beautiful watercolour is understood to have formed part of a sketchbook which he was using in 1912. A drawing by this artist can also be found here.
Joseph Nash (1809-1878)
This drawing was probably a page from one of Nash's sketchbooks. The subject-matter is rather gruesome - the disinterment of a young woman, whose corpse is about to be put in the sack held by the man in the foreground. We have three other drawings by this artist, A-331, A-333 and A-336. For more information about Joseph Nash see our blog.
L'Escarène near Nice
Charles Joshua Kelsey (1871-1960)
Pastel on paper, signed lower right and inscribed in pencil, L'Escarène 24/3/37. Kelsey became a friend of Samuel Birch RA, a leading light of the Lamorna artists' colony near Penzance. He took lessons from Birch and in the 1930s produced many fine pastels of scenes in the south of France.
Family Rock Pooling
Gustav Otto Müller (1827-1922)
Watercolour on paper, signed with monogram and dated 1884. Although primarily known as military painter, Müller also produced landscapes and genre paintings. For another work by this artist, see here.