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Painter, Draft draughtsman, Illustrator, Lithographer, Landscape painter, Wall painter, b. 1833 - d. 1911

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      • Frederic Shields (1833-1911)
        Sep. 20, 2023

        Frederic Shields (1833-1911)

        Est: £800 - £1,200

        Frederic Shields (1833-1911) 'The Deceitful Venomous Tongue' - A study of Eve and the serpent signed 'F. Shields' (lower left) pen and ink on laid paper 32 x 11cm Provenance: The Maas Gallery, London, from whom acquired by the present owner Frederic James Shields was a Manchester painter, watercolourist and decorator whose artistic career was determined when he saw the works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857. He later became a close friend of both Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown. The present drawing is thought to be a design for the decorative scheme of the Chapel of the Ascension in Bayswater, which was destroyed in World War II and which was one of Shields' most important commissions. Framed 51 x 29.5cm

        Cheffins
      • FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH 1833-1911)
        Sep. 12, 2023

        FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH 1833-1911)

        Est: £1,000 - £2,000

        FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH 1833-1911) FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH 1833-1911) A study for "One Of Our Breadwatchers", c. 1865 Signed F.J.Shields (lower left). watercolour and gouache 17.8 x 26 cm PROVENANCE: Kenneth A. Lohf, New York. By descent to Paul Palmer, partner of the above (2002) and his descendants. Leslie Hindman Inc., USA, 27.09 2022, Lot 5. LITERATURE: Ernestine Mills, The Life and Letters of Frederic Shields (London, 1912), pp. 109-110. The present work a study for the painting now in the Manchester Art Gallery (c. 1866), inv. 1917.674.

        Chiswick Auctions
      • Frederic James Shields (British, 1833-1911) The invention of Art
        Jul. 05, 2023

        Frederic James Shields (British, 1833-1911) The invention of Art

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        Frederic James Shields (British, 1833-1911) The invention of Art signed and dated 'F.J.Shields/1898' (lower right) oil on canvas 55.9 x 66.4cm (22 x 26 1/8in).

        Bonhams
      • Frederic James Shields (British, 1833-1911) Young girl with lantern
        Jul. 05, 2023

        Frederic James Shields (British, 1833-1911) Young girl with lantern

        Est: £800 - £1,200

        Frederic James Shields (British, 1833-1911) Young girl with lantern signed and dated 'F J Shields 1862' watercolour and gouache 31.5 x 20cm (12 3/8 x 7 7/8in).

        Bonhams
      • FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS - Kopie : Solomon Eagle.
        Oct. 22, 2022

        FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS - Kopie : Solomon Eagle.

        Est: - €650

        FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS - Kopie Solomon Eagle. Aquarell mit Deckfarben nach Shields’ um 1863 entstandenen Illustrationen zu Daniel Defoe, „A Journal to the Plague Year“. Mit dem Monogramm Shields’. Auf leichtem Karton. 71 x 50 cm. Mit winzigen Randbeschädigungen aufgezogen. Provenienz: Christie’s, London, Auktion 5876 (Victorian Pictures), 7.11.1997, Kat.-Nr. 33. [ms]

        Winterberg-Kunst
      • Tableaux Huile sur carton "Le Christ guérissant un aveugle". Signé en bas à droite F. Shields. Ec
        Oct. 12, 2022

        Tableaux Huile sur carton "Le Christ guérissant un aveugle". Signé en bas à droite F. Shields. Ec

        Est: €400 - €600

        Tableaux Huile sur carton "Le Christ guérissant un aveugle". Signé en bas à droite F. Shields. Ecole britannique. Dim.:+/-34,5x22cm. SHIELDS Frederick James (1833 - 1911)

        Vanderkindere
      • FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH, 1833-1911) Golden Hair watercolour and bod
        Jul. 15, 2022

        FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH, 1833-1911) Golden Hair watercolour and bod

        Est: £5,000 - £7,000

        FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH, 1833-1911) Golden Hair watercolour and bodycolour on paper 12 1/2 x 15 5/8 in. (31.8 x 39.7 cm.)

        Christie's
      • FREDERICK SHIELDS (1833-1911) ENAMEL PLAQUE, CIRCA 1900
        Apr. 20, 2022

        FREDERICK SHIELDS (1833-1911) ENAMEL PLAQUE, CIRCA 1900

        Est: £1,000 - £1,500

        FREDERICK SHIELDS (1833-1911) ENAMEL PLAQUE, CIRCA 1900 enamel on copper, with gilt highlights, signed with monogram lower right, framed (12.5cm x 7cm)

        Lyon & Turnbull
      • FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH 1833-1911) GIRL LOOKING OVER HIGH PARAPET
        Nov. 30, 2021

        FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH 1833-1911) GIRL LOOKING OVER HIGH PARAPET

        Est: £1,000 - £1,500

        FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH 1833-1911) GIRL LOOKING OVER HIGH PARAPET Signed with monogram (lower right), watercolour (16.5cm x 21.6cm (6.5in x 8.5in)) Provenance: With Abbott & Holder, London, March 1976.

        Lyon & Turnbull
      • Frederick James Shields British, 1833-1911 With Drooping Lids Veiling Her Clear Sweet Eyes...
        Sep. 28, 2021

        Frederick James Shields British, 1833-1911 With Drooping Lids Veiling Her Clear Sweet Eyes...

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Frederick James Shields British, 1833-1911 With Drooping Lids Veiling Her Clear Sweet Eyes... Inscribed on an old label affixed to the backing No 1 -/"With drooping lids/Veiling her clear sweet eyes/And heavy fall/Of golden hair unfilleted"/Fredk. J. Shields/Cornbrook Park/Manchester Tempera and watercolor on paper 12 1/2 x 15 5/8 inches (31.8 x 39.7 cm) Provenance: Charles Nicholls & Son, Manchester (possibly) C 

        Doyle New York
      • FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS, A.R.W.S. (HARTLEPOOL 1833-1911 LONDON), Giuseppe Moto, violinist,
        Dec. 08, 2020

        FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS, A.R.W.S. (HARTLEPOOL 1833-1911 LONDON), Giuseppe Moto, violinist,

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS, A.R.W.S. (HARTLEPOOL 1833-1911 LONDON) Giuseppe Moto, violinist charcoal heightened with white chalk on grey-blue paper 16 x 11 1/4 (40.7 x 28.5 cm.) ,

        Christie's
      • FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (1833-1911) ARTS & CRAFTS ENAMEL PLAQUE, CIRCA 1890 11cm diameter
        Apr. 03, 2019

        FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (1833-1911) ARTS & CRAFTS ENAMEL PLAQUE, CIRCA 1890 11cm diameter

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (1833-1911) ARTS & CRAFTS ENAMEL PLAQUE, CIRCA 1890 of circular convex form, depicting mermaids on rocks, with a galleon in the distance, signed with artist's monogram, in a copper frame 11cm diameter

        Lyon & Turnbull
      • FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH, 1833-1911) Cartoon for a fresco: ‘Eve, Cain and Abel
        Mar. 26, 2018

        FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH, 1833-1911) Cartoon for a fresco: ‘Eve, Cain and Abel

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (BRITISH, 1833-1911) Cartoon for a fresco: ‘Eve, Cain and Abel’ charcoal and pencil heightened with white 134 x 47.5cm (52 3/4 x 18 11/16in).

        Bonhams
      • Attributed to Frederic James Shields ARWS, British 1833-1911- Allegorical figures; oil on board, 17.7x15.3cm
        Dec. 06, 2017

        Attributed to Frederic James Shields ARWS, British 1833-1911- Allegorical figures; oil on board, 17.7x15.3cm

        Est: £200 - £300

        Attributed to Frederic James Shields ARWS, British 1833-1911- Allegorical figures; oil on board, 17.7x15.3cm

        Roseberys
      • Frederic James Shields ARWS, British 1833-1911- Study of a draped female figure; oil on panel, bears inscribed label attached to the reverse, 55x36.5cm Exhibited: City Art Gallery, Manchester, Exhibition of Work by Frederic Shields, 1907, according
        Dec. 06, 2017

        Frederic James Shields ARWS, British 1833-1911- Study of a draped female figure; oil on panel, bears inscribed label attached to the reverse, 55x36.5cm Exhibited: City Art Gallery, Manchester, Exhibition of Work by Frederic Shields, 1907, according

        Est: £500 - £700

        Frederic James Shields ARWS, British 1833-1911- Study of a draped female figure; oil on panel, bears inscribed label attached to the reverse, 55x36.5cm Exhibited: City Art Gallery, Manchester, Exhibition of Work by Frederic Shields, 1907, according to label attached to the reverse

        Roseberys
      • FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (1833-1911) ARTS & CRAFTS COPPER AND ENAMEL CASKET, CIRCA 1890 16cm wide, 8.5cm high
        Oct. 25, 2017

        FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (1833-1911) ARTS & CRAFTS COPPER AND ENAMEL CASKET, CIRCA 1890 16cm wide, 8.5cm high

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS (1833-1911) ARTS & CRAFTS COPPER AND ENAMEL CASKET, CIRCA 1890 of rectangular form, the hinged lid inset with enamelled panel depicting a faun playing pipes whilst sheep graze, the hinged clasp set with enamel cabochon and worked with interwoven leafy tendrils, the whole opening to reveal a wood lined interior, the angles with applied tapered brackets and riveted decoration, with an ashtray drawer to the front, stamped monogram to lid and clasp 16cm wide, 8.5cm high

        Lyon & Turnbull
      • FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS, A.R.W.S. | Ananais, Azarias, Misael, design for a window
        Jul. 13, 2017

        FREDERIC JAMES SHIELDS, A.R.W.S. | Ananais, Azarias, Misael, design for a window

        Est: £4,000 - £6,000

        pen and ink over pencil

        Sotheby's
      • FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS, A.R.W.S. - (1833-1911)
        Mar. 22, 2017

        FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS, A.R.W.S. - (1833-1911)

        Est: £5,000 - £8,000

        FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS, A.R.W.S. (1833-1911) St Matthew: Design for a stained glass window pencil and grey wash on buf paper 64 1/2 x 25 1/4 in. (163. 8 x 64. 2 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Frederick James Shields (1833-1911) British. A Young Girl Cutting Flowers, Watercolour, Signed with
        Jun. 11, 2015

        Frederick James Shields (1833-1911) British. A Young Girl Cutting Flowers, Watercolour, Signed with

        Est: £50 - £100

        Frederick James Shields (1833-1911) British. A Young Girl Cutting Flowers, Watercolour, Signed with Initials and Dated 1876, Unframed, 13” x 9.75”.

        John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
      • Study for 'Death of the First-Born'
        Mar. 31, 2015

        Study for 'Death of the First-Born'

        Est: £1,000 - £1,500

        Study for 'Death of the First-Born' pencil and white chalk 36.2 x 46.3cm (14 1/4 x 18 1/4in). Sold together with seven further works by the same hand laid down on six sheets, various sizes (7): i. Study for Christ's drapery from the Chapel of the Ascension ii. Study for Christ kneeling from the Chapel of the Ascension iii. Drapery study for two figures iv. Study of a male head, inscribed 'R Potter/aged 84' v. Study for 'It would be better a Millstone was hanged about his neck' from the Chapel of the Ascension vi. Study of Roman armour from the Chapel of Ascension vii. Study for the 'Raising of Lazarus' from the Chapel of the Ascension

        Bonhams
      • Study of a male head, thought to be Giuseppe Moto
        Mar. 31, 2015

        Study of a male head, thought to be Giuseppe Moto

        Est: £1,000 - £1,500

        Study of a male head, thought to be Giuseppe Moto chalk 33 x 24.7cm (13 x 9 3/4in). Sold together with two further works by the same hand; A study of Giuseppe Moto, Violinist, chalk, 32 x 28.5cm (12 5/8 x 11 1/4in), unframed; Two studies of a male head, black and white chalk, 45 x 27cm (17 11/16 x 10 5/8in).(3)

        Bonhams
      • Five studies from the Chapel of the Ascension, including 'Judgement', 'The Malicious Babbler', 'Violence' and 'Deceit' three 32.5 x 15cm (12 13/16 x 5 7/8in), two 32.5 x 11cm (12 13/16 x 4 5/16in), all laid down on one sheet.
        Mar. 31, 2015

        Five studies from the Chapel of the Ascension, including 'Judgement', 'The Malicious Babbler', 'Violence' and 'Deceit' three 32.5 x 15cm (12 13/16 x 5 7/8in), two 32.5 x 11cm (12 13/16 x 4 5/16in), all laid down on one sheet.

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        Five studies from the Chapel of the Ascension, including 'Judgement', 'The Malicious Babbler', 'Violence' and 'Deceit' 'The Malicious Babbler' signed 'F. Shields' (lower left), 'Violence' signed 'F Shields.inv.' (lower left) and inscribed 'Violence' (lower right), 'Deceit' signed 'F Shields.inv.' (lower left) and inscribed 'Deciet' [sic] (lower right) pen and ink three 32.5 x 15cm (12 13/16 x 5 7/8in), two 32.5 x 11cm (12 13/16 x 4 5/16in), all laid down on one sheet.

        Bonhams
      • Books: FREDERIC SHIELDS: THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF
        Mar. 27, 2014

        Books: FREDERIC SHIELDS: THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF

        Est: £50 - £60

        Books: FREDERIC SHIELDS: THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF ... 1833 TO 1911, 1912, 1st edn, orig cl gt + MAX BEERBOHM: ROSSETTI AND HIS CIRCLE, 1922, 1st edn, orig cl, d/w (2)

        Keys Fine Art Auctioneers
      • Attributed to Frederic James Shields [1833-1911]-
        Jan. 21, 2014

        Attributed to Frederic James Shields [1833-1911]-

        Est: £500 - £700

        Attributed to Frederic James Shields [1833-1911]- 'What o'clock!', children in a meadow:- watercolour 25.5 x 49cm.

        Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
      • SHIELDS, FREDERIC JAMES
        Mar. 10, 2012

        SHIELDS, FREDERIC JAMES

        Est: - €1,200

        SHIELDS, FREDERIC JAMES 1833 Hartlepool - Wimbledon 1911 Die Prophezeiung - Figurengruppe vor der Akropolis in Athen Öl auf Holzplatte, 33,5 cm x 23 cm, unten rechts monogrammiert ‚FS', verso auf der Platte part. unleserlich bez. ‚Paul [...?] Athens [...?]Frederic Shields', Platte part. parkettiert, Rahmen.

        Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
      • Frederick James Shields (1833-1911)
        Nov. 10, 2011

        Frederick James Shields (1833-1911)

        Est: £2,000 - £4,000

        Frederick James Shields (1833-1911) Christ leads the Blind Man out of Bethsaida signed with monogram within a shield (lower left) pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour and with gum arabic 33 3/8 x 16 1/8 in. (84.8 x 41cm.)

        Christie's
      • FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS A.R.W.S. (BRITISH 1833-1911) SKETCH FOR THE DRUMMER BOY'S DREAM 29cm x 48cm (11.4in x 18.9in)
        Nov. 01, 2011

        FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS A.R.W.S. (BRITISH 1833-1911) SKETCH FOR THE DRUMMER BOY'S DREAM 29cm x 48cm (11.4in x 18.9in)

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        FREDERICK JAMES SHIELDS A.R.W.S. (BRITISH 1833-1911) SKETCH FOR THE DRUMMER BOY'S DREAM Signed with monogram and inscribed, watercolour 29cm x 48cm (11.4in x 18.9in)

        Lyon & Turnbull
      • Frederick James Shields A.R.W.S. (1833-1911),
        Nov. 11, 2009

        Frederick James Shields A.R.W.S. (1833-1911),

        Est: £100 - £120

        Frederick James Shields A.R.W.S. (1833-1911), "Bread Ration in Secret is Sweet", monogrammed, titled and signed on verso, watercolour, 15.5 x 9cm.; 6 x 3.5in.

        Wilson55
      • Frederick James Shields, A.R.W.S. (1833-1911)
        Nov. 08, 2009

        Frederick James Shields, A.R.W.S. (1833-1911)

        Est: £400 - £600

        Frederick James Shields, A.R.W.S. (1833-1911) Study of a child's head black and white chalk 14¾ x 12 in. (37.5 x 30.5 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911) Study for a panel at the Chapel of the Ascension, Bayswater Road, London
        Jun. 02, 2009

        Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911) Study for a panel at the Chapel of the Ascension, Bayswater Road, London

        Est: £600 - £800

        Study for a panel at the Chapel of the Ascension, Bayswater Road, London signed with artist's monogram (lower left), charcoal 23.7 x 19.1cm (9 5/16 x 7 1/2in).

        Bonhams
      • Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911) Allegory of summer
        Apr. 08, 2008

        Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911) Allegory of summer

        Est: £600 - £800

        Allegory of summer signed and dated 'F.J. Shields 1880' (lower left), wash 65.5 x 58.5cm (25 3/4 x 23in).

        Bonhams
      • Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911) Study of a child's head
        Feb. 19, 2008

        Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911) Study of a child's head

        Est: £700 - £900

        Study of a child's head chalk 27.5 x 25.5cm (10 13/16 x 10 1/16in).

        Bonhams
      • Knott Mill Fair, Manchester
        Nov. 15, 2007

        Knott Mill Fair, Manchester

        Est: £20,000 - £30,000

        Frederic James Shields (1833-1911) Knott Mill Fair, Manchester signed and dated 'Frederic Shields/89' (lower right) oil on canvas 53½ x 73 in. (135.9 x 185.4 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911)
        Jul. 24, 2007

        Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911)

        Est: £100 - £150

        Peasant boy with an apple, signed, watercolour and bodycolour, 24 x 17cm.

        Bonhams
      • Frederic Shields (1833-1911): 'Elijah fed by
        Jul. 07, 2007

        Frederic Shields (1833-1911): 'Elijah fed by

        Est: £200 - £400

        Frederic Shields (1833-1911): 'Elijah fed by ravens, watercolour signed, labelled verso 32cm x 16cm Provenance exh. Victorian Art Gallery Salford 1913

        David Duggleby
      • Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911)
        Jun. 19, 2007

        Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911)

        Est: £300 - £400

        Peasant boy with an apple, signed, watercolour and bodycolour, 24 x 17cm.

        Bonhams
      • Frederick James Shields, A.R.W.S. (1833-1911)
        Dec. 14, 2005

        Frederick James Shields, A.R.W.S. (1833-1911)

        Est: £200 - £300

        The tea party signed with monogram and inscribed 'A Tea Party' (lower left) red chalk 5 7/8 x 4 1/8 in. (14.9 x 10.5 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911)
        Sep. 13, 2005

        Frederick James Shields (British, 1833-1911)

        Est: -

        'A Song of Spring', signed with monogram and dated 1870, also titled and inscribed with artist's name on label attached verso, watercolour and pastel, 37.5 x 25.5

        Bonhams
      • Frederic James Shields A.R.W.S. (British, 1833-1911)
        Nov. 09, 2004

        Frederic James Shields A.R.W.S. (British, 1833-1911)

        Est: £2,000 - £3,000

        A Song of Spring signed with monogram and dated 1870 l.r. watercolour and pastel 38 x 25.5 cm. (15 x 10 in.)

        Bonhams
      • Frederick James Shields A.R.W.S., 'THE SKY LARK' Signed with monogram signed and inscribed on a label on the back board, watercolour and bodycolour, 25 x 17cm Provenance: Jonathan Simpson Esq., Bolton, Lancs 1907 Exhibited Manchester City Art Gallery
        Jul. 20, 2004

        Frederick James Shields A.R.W.S., 'THE SKY LARK' Signed with monogram signed and inscribed on a label on the back board, watercolour and bodycolour, 25 x 17cm Provenance: Jonathan Simpson Esq., Bolton, Lancs 1907 Exhibited Manchester City Art Gallery

        Est: £1,000 - £1,500

        Frederick James Shields A.R.W.S., 'THE SKY LARK' Signed with monogram signed and inscribed on a label on the back board, watercolour and bodycolour, 25 x 17cm Provenance: Jonathan Simpson Esq., Bolton, Lancs 1907 Exhibited Manchester City Art Gallery (Frederick Shileds '907 No 29)

        Sworders
      • Frederic James Shields, A.R.W.S., (British, 1833-1911)
        Jun. 08, 2004

        Frederic James Shields, A.R.W.S., (British, 1833-1911)

        Est: £1,200 - £1,800

        The Skylark signed with monogram l.l. watercolour 25 x 17 cm. (9 3/4 x 6 3/4 in.) and a copy of 'The Life and Letters of Frederic Shields', (2).

        Bonhams
      • Frederic James Shields, A.R.W.S. (1833-1911)
        Jun. 03, 2004

        Frederic James Shields, A.R.W.S. (1833-1911)

        Est: £1,500 - £2,000

        Head study of a young girl with inscription 'Study of a head/by Frederic Shields/A.R.W.S./B.1833 died March 1911' (on a label attached to the backboard) black, red and white chalks, on grey paper 15 x 13 1/4 in. (38 x 33.5 cm.)

        Christie's
      • Frederick Shields (1833-1911) An Arts and Crafts copper and enamelled casket, 16cm wide, 9cm high, 9.5cm deep
        Apr. 21, 2004

        Frederick Shields (1833-1911) An Arts and Crafts copper and enamelled casket, 16cm wide, 9cm high, 9.5cm deep

        Est: £400 - £600

        Frederick Shields (1833-1911) An Arts and Crafts copper and enamelled casket, of rectangular form, the hinged lid inset with enamelled panel depicting a faun playing pipes whilst sheep graze, the hinged clasp set with enamel cabochon and worked with interwoven leafy tendrils, the whole opening to reveal a wood lined interior, the angles with applied tapered brackets and riveted decoration, with an ashtray drawer to the front, stamped monogram to lid and clasp 16cm wide, 9cm high, 9.5cm deep

        Lyon & Turnbull
      • Frederick James Shields, A.R.W.S. (1833-1911)
        Nov. 07, 2002

        Frederick James Shields, A.R.W.S. (1833-1911)

        Est: $1,550 - $2,325

        A cartoon for the high altar of the chapel of the Ascension, Bayswater Road numbered '157' (lower left) oil on canvas 441/2 x 26 in. (113 x 66 cm.) PROVENANCE Henry J. Murcott. EXHIBITION Manchester City Art Gallery, Exhibition of Works by Frederick Shields, 1907. NOTES Shields was a Manchester painter, watercolourist and decorator whose artistic career was determined when he saw the works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857. He later became a close friend of both Rossetti and Ford Madox Brown although his work, which is strongly realistic and religious in outlook, perhaps comes closest to Holman Hunt than any other Pre-Raphaelite artists. Although he often worked in watercolour and for many years exhibited at the Royal Watercolour Society his two most substantial commisions were mural decorations for the chapel at Eaton Hall, Cheshire, seat of the Dukes of Westminster, and the chapel of the Ascension, Bayswater Road. This oil is a cartoon for the high altar of the latter. The chapel was commissioned by Mrs Russell Gurney, widow of The Recorder of London, in the hope that it would provide a sanctuary for meditation away from the hubub of nearby Marble Arch. The chapel was designed by Herbert Horne in 1887 and although construction began in 1890, legal disputes ensured that it was not completed until 1910. Shields chose to decorate the interior with the principle scenes of Christ's life, and visited Italy in 1889 to gather material for the sequence. The fruits of this visit are clearly visible in the present work.

        Christie's
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