William Agnew, MP, art dealer and Liberal politician. At the time of this painting he had recently been elected as MP for South East Lancashire. Along with his brother Thomas he helped to establish @agnewsgallery
(founded in Manchester by their father in 1817) as a leading international firm. Opening in London in 1860, Agnew’s soon became one of Mayfair’s leading galleries. Since then Agnew’s has held a pre-eminent position in the Art world.
Apart from encouraging his friend Henry Tate to found the Tate Gallery, Agnew was also instrumental in promoting contemporary British art in the late 19th century. Working with a veritable who’s who of the Victorian art scene including Frederic Lord Leighton, Edward Landseer, William Holman Hunt, John Millais, George Frederic Watts, and Alma-Tadema.
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Edward Poynter (1863 - 1919) - Zenobia Captive / Poynter was the son of the architect Ambrose Poynter. He was born in Paris, though his parents returned to Britain soon after. He was educated at Brighton College and Ipswich School, but left school early for reasons of ill health, spending winters in Madeira and Rome. In 1853 he met Frederick Leighton in Rome, who made a great impression on the 17-year-old Poynter. On his return to London he studied at Leigh's Academy in Newman Street and the Royal Academy Schools, before going to Paris to study in the studio of the classicist painter Charles Gleyre where James McNeill Whistler and George du Maurier were fellow-students. In 1866 Poynter married the famous beauty Agnes MacDonald, daughter of the Rev G B MacDonald of Wolverhampton, and they had three children. Her sister Georgiana married the artist Edward Burne-Jones; her sister Alice was the mother of writer Rudyard Kipling; and her sister Louisa was the mother of three-times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Stanley Baldwin. #siredwardjohnpoynter #poynter #edwardjohnpoynter #poynter #johnpoynter #academicart #academicpainter #art #arthistory #classicalart #fineart #arteducation #victorian #preraphaelite #impressionism #britishimpresionist #britishartist #portrait #victorianart
Poirson family history says Sargent painted this portrait of Madame Paul Poirson (neé Seymourina Cuthberson), along with another one of her daughter, in lieu of payment for the studio space he rented from Paul Poirson. ⠀
The portrait was painted at roughly the same time as Sargent's famous 'Madame X', and makes an interesting comparison. Both women's portraits give a sense of cool aloofness, while using completely different strategies to convey this. Seymourina's portrait is done in soft pinks and blues, which frost the image, rather than making it warm and welcoming. She looks directly at the viewer, but her hands, held slightly awkwardly in front of her, form a boundary that holds us a distance. The lines of her bracelets and velvet choker also act as visual barriers. While Seymourina's complementary pastels turn her into an ice queen, Madame X's contrasting black and white achieve the same effect, and her face, turned away in profile, holds her apart from her audience. ⠀
John Singer Sargent, Madame Paul Poirson, 1885, Detroit Institute of Arts⠀
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Details from a very beautiful early watercolour by Ruskin: View of Bologna, 1845-6 (Tate), currently on display in Two Temple Place’s John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing.
PhD goals 👌🏻. Free on Thursday? Go see my mum present a chapter from her thesis on the New Gallery at the Burne-Jones conference in Oxford! 🤓
George Cruikshank was a Victorian anti-alcohol campaigner (perhaps understandable given his own father collapsed and died after drinking a yard of ale). His etchings entitled The Drunkard's Children are a cautionary tale. Here a girl 'homeless, friendless, deserted, destitute and gin mad' leaps into the Thames. 'Gin mad', well we've all been there. Curiously, on his death the temperate Cruikshank was discovered to have a large surfeit of wine in his possession.
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Sir Henry Thompson, 1st Baronet was a surgeon, specialising in diseases of the urinary system. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1850 and was promoted full surgeon at University College Hospital in 1862. In 1863 his reputation was considerably enhanced by being called upon to treat King Leopold I of Belgium. In 1866 Thompson was appointed professor of clinical surgery at University College and was knighted the following year.
He was the archetypal Victorian polymath, publishing widely not only textbooks on urology, but books and articles on subjects that interested him. He published two best-selling novels on medical themes, studied painting with Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, illustrated his own textbooks and exhibited at the Royal Academy for a number of years.
Thompson followed the Aesthetic fashion for collecting blue-and-white Nankin porcelain and illustrated, a catalogue of his collection. In 1872 Thompson founded the celebrated ‘Octaves’, dinners comprising eight simple dishes, beginning at eight o'clock and for eight guests. Renowned for their cuisine and conversation, they were attended by royalty, colleagues, men from the arts, literature, the professions and politics and celebrated foreign visitors.
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Very close up detail shot, creating a tiny friend for “Courtside” group show opening March 1st at @archenemyarts
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Ruskin blue: The Towers of Thun, Switzerland, 1854. Currently on display in John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing at Two Temple Place, London.
Edward Burne-Jones at Tate Britain
Christ blesses the children / Artist: Hardmans / Location: St Bernard’s Convent, Slough /
"People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”” (Luke 18:15-17)