“Gathering of soldiers in the Franco-German War”. Watercolor on paper. 9 x 12 1/2 inches.
Franco-German War, also called Franco-Prussian War, (July 19, 1870–May 10, 1871), war in which a coalition of German states led by Prussia defeated France. The war marked the end of French hegemony in continental Europe and resulted in the creation of a unified Germany.
“Gentleman Smoking in the Kitchen”. Signed “Alex”. Oil on board. 16 x 12 inches.
“The Gester”. Oil on canvas. 25 x 19 inches.
“The Death of Cato”. Oil on canvas. 24 x 32 inches.
Cato (95 BC to 46 BC) was a late Republic politician and statesman, and an avid follower of the Stoic philosophy. He was famous for his distaste of the corruption of his times and was unwilling to live in a world led by Julius Caesar. This led him to attempt suicide, by stabbing himself with his own sword.
According to the Greek writer and biographer Plutarch (c. AD 46): Cato did not immediately die of the wound; but struggling, fell off the bed, and throwing down a little mathematical table that stood by, made such a noise that the servants, hearing it, cried out. And immediately his son and all his friends came into the chamber, where, seeing him lie weltering in his own blood, great part of his bowels out of his body, but himself still alive and able to look at them, they all stood in horror.
The physician went to him, and would have put in his bowels, which were not pierced, and sewed up the wound; but Cato, recovering himself, and understanding the intention, thrust away the physician, plucked out his own bowels, and tearing open the wound, immediately expired.
French Revolution painting with numerous figures throughout and fires in the distance. Signed. Oil on canvas. 19 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches.
“The Story”. Oil on canvas. Signed. 15 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches.
Frank Dadd was born on the 28th March 1851 in London. He studied at the Royal College of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools, where he won a silver medal for drawing from life. He commenced black and white work in about 1882 and worked as an illustrator for the Illustrated London News from 1878-1884 and then at The Graphic.
He specialized in historical and genre paintings, and in addition illustrated several books including “All is not gold that glitters”, “The Flag Beer and Skittles”, “The Captain of the Troop”, “Follow the drum”, “Coaching days and Coaching ways”, and Baring Goulds “The Broom Squire” and “Types of the Army and Navy”.
He was honored to have his paintings chosen for exhibition at the Royal Academy from 1878. He was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-colors in 1884 and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1888.
He lived at Wallington in Surrey and later at Teignmouth in Devon where he died on 7th March 1929.
“Old Lang Syne”. Oil on canvas. Signed. 30 x 39 inches.
Born in Kent, England in 1875. At age 12 Sheppard entered the South Kensington Art School. While a teenager he came to the U.S. and settled in NYC where he painted scenery for the Metropolitan Opera. Later he had studios in Chicago, San Francisco (1905), and Los Angeles. For eight years he worked for Paramount Studios. During the 1920s he traveled widely while studying art in Paris, London, and Rome. Returning to Hollywood, he painted portraiture and famous boxing matches. Exh: Royal Academy (London); Paris Salon.
“Allegorical Painting”. Oil on canvas. 37 1/2 x 89 1/2 inches.
“The Canterbury Pilgrims”. Oil on Card. Signed with monogram and dated 1892. 47 x 76 inches.
Edward Henry Corbould, R.I. (5 December 1815, in London – 18 January 1905, in London) was a British artist, noted as a historical painter and watercolorist.
Born in London, he was son of Henry Corbould and grandson of Richard Corbould, both painters. He was a pupil of Henry Sass, and a student at the Royal Academy. In 1842 his watercolor of The Woman taken in Adultery was purchased by Albert, Prince Consort, and nine years later he was appointed instructor of historical painting to the Royal Family. He continued for twenty-one years teaching its members.
Caspar Hermann Vockeradt was born in 1852 in Lippstadt, Germany. “The Expulsion of Hagar” interpreted after Govert Flinck’s piece (1615-1660). Oil on canvas. 43 x 53 inches.
The Expulsion of Hagar depicts an episode from the Book of Genesis, in which Abraham sends away his handmaiden Hagar with Ishmael, the child that she bore him. A favorite subject for artists on account of its human themes of pain, love and jealousy.
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