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Painter, Illustrator, Water colorist, Etcher, Lithographer, b. 1840 - d. 1875

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        • Attributed to Frederick Walker (1840 - 1875), Two views of St Peters Street, Marlow - a pair, unsigned, oil on canvas, 19.5 x 30 cm, framed 34 x 44.5 cm Although living in London, Frederick Walker's family had a cottage in Cookham, from where he...
          Mar. 28, 2024

          Attributed to Frederick Walker (1840 - 1875), Two views of St Peters Street, Marlow - a pair, unsigned, oil on canvas, 19.5 x 30 cm, framed 34 x 44.5 cm Although living in London, Frederick Walker's family had a cottage in Cookham, from where he...

          Est: £1,500 - £2,000

          Attributed to Frederick Walker (1840 - 1875), Two views of St Peters Street, Marlow - a pair, unsigned, oil on canvas, 19.5 x 30 cm, framed 34 x 44.5 cm Although living in London, Frederick Walker's family had a cottage in Cookham, from where he would take long walks in the Summer months. After his short life, the artist was buried alongside his mother and brothers at Holy Trinity Church, Cookham. Qty: (2)

          Dawsons Auctioneers
        • Foster, Myles Birket Etching Driving Geese,Cookham
          Sep. 24, 2022

          Foster, Myles Birket Etching Driving Geese,Cookham

          Est: £20 - £30

          Antique Foster, Myles Birket, 1825–1899 Etching 'Driving Geese,Cookham'. Original painting by Walker, Frederick, 1840–1875. ARA.. Framed under glass 64 x 55 cm

          Cooper Barrington LLP
        • Frederick Walker (UK, 1840 - 1875) Drawing
          Apr. 07, 2022

          Frederick Walker (UK, 1840 - 1875) Drawing

          Est: $50 - $100

          Frederick Walker (UK, 1840 - 1875) framed original charcoal drawing. Measures 4.25-in. x 3.25-in. sight size, 13.75-in. x 10.75-in. framed. Several light creases can be seen top right and top left (with magnification). If lot is absent of a condition report one may be requested via email. Condition report is provided as an opinion only and is no guarantee as grading can be subjective. Buyer must view photographs or scans to assist in determining condition and ask further questions if so desired. Our in-house shipping department will gladly pack and ship any item that fits into a 14x14x14 inch or 30x5x24 inch or equivalent or smaller box/folio if it is not fragile or over 25lbs. We will charge for labor to pack and process based on actual time it takes, actual cost of materials used to pack and actual shipper charges that will include insurance and signature required. We generally use USPS and Fed Ex and compare the pricing between the two. Books maximum box size will be 14x14x14 inch or equivalent and will be shipped USPS Media Mail unless otherwise requested. We gladly will give shipping estimates prior to auction. Please make this request at least 24 hours prior to auction for our shipping department to respond. If your invoice is for multiple items, we will use our discretion on requiring the use of an outside shipper. We reserve the right to require an outside shipper on any item(s) in the auction even if not stated.

          Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
        • Frederick Walker (UK, 1840 - 1875) Drawing
          Jan. 13, 2022

          Frederick Walker (UK, 1840 - 1875) Drawing

          Est: $200 - $400

          Frederick Walker (UK, 1840 - 1875) framed original charcoal drawing. Measures 4.25-in. x 3.25-in. sight size, 13.75-in. x 10.75-in. framed. Several light creases can be seen top right and top left (with magnification). If lot is absent of a condition report one may be requested via email. Condition report is provided as an opinion only and is no guarantee as grading can be subjective. Buyer must view photographs or scans to assist in determining condition and ask further questions if so desired. Our in-house shipping department will gladly pack and ship any item that fits into a 14x14x14 inch or 30x5x24 inch or equivalent or smaller box/folio if it is not fragile or over 25lbs. We will charge for labor to pack and process based on actual time it takes, actual cost of materials used to pack and actual shipper charges that will include insurance and signature required. We generally use USPS and Fed Ex and compare the pricing between the two. Books maximum box size will be 14x14x14 inch or equivalent and will be shipped USPS Media Mail unless otherwise requested. We gladly will give shipping estimates prior to auction. Please make this request at least 24 hours prior to auction for our shipping department to respond. If your invoice is for multiple items, we will use our discretion on requiring the use of an outside shipper. We reserve the right to require an outside shipper on any item(s) in the auction even if not stated.

          Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
        • Frederick Walker (British 1840-1875), Evidence for the Defence
          Dec. 14, 2021

          Frederick Walker (British 1840-1875), Evidence for the Defence

          Est: £1,000 - £1,500

          Frederick Walker (British 1840-1875)Evidence for the Defence Watercolour Signed with initials (lower right)24 x 19.5cm (9¼ x 7½ in.)Provenance:Sale, Christie's, London, Interiors, 14 November 1995, lot 74Purchased from the above by the present owner Exhibited:London, Royal Academy Winter Exhibition, 1906

          Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
        • FREDERICK WALKER A.R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH 1840-1875) STUDY FOR THE WAYFARERS
          Nov. 30, 2021

          FREDERICK WALKER A.R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH 1840-1875) STUDY FOR THE WAYFARERS

          Est: £300 - £500

          FREDERICK WALKER A.R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH 1840-1875) STUDY FOR THE WAYFARERS Inscribed to the reverse ‘A study for the old soldier in the ‘wayfarers’ etc, etc / The model was an Oxford St Hawker / Exh Eton College 1948,' pencil and watercolour (20.3cm x 16.5cm (8in x 6.5in)) Provenance: Leonard G Duke Collection; With Abbott & Holder, London, May 1985. Footnote: Note: 'The Wayfarers' was exhibited in Gambarts Gallery, November 1866; also Deschamps Gallery, 1876, no. 1.

          Lyon & Turnbull
        • FREDERICK WALKER A.R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH 1840-1875) THE EVENING MAIL, HALSWAY COURT
          Nov. 30, 2021

          FREDERICK WALKER A.R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH 1840-1875) THE EVENING MAIL, HALSWAY COURT

          Est: £500 - £800

          FREDERICK WALKER A.R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH 1840-1875) THE EVENING MAIL, HALSWAY COURT Inscribed ‘The evening’s excitement at Halsway ‘Yes – No – can it be – Yes it is the Mail cart!’, pen and black ink; and another 'Cookham Passengers' Luggage', within page of hand-written letter dated 'June 30 66' and signed 'F Walker,' pen and ink (9.8cm x 9.8cm (3.75in x 3.75in) and 17.8cm x 11.4cm (7in x 4.5in)) Qty: (2) Provenance: Cookham: with Abbot & Holder, London, September 2000. Footnote: Literature: Cookham: J G Marks, The Life and Letters of Frederick Walker, p.81

          Lyon & Turnbull
        • FREDERICK WALKER A.R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH 1840-1875) RIENZI
          Nov. 30, 2021

          FREDERICK WALKER A.R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH 1840-1875) RIENZI

          Est: £400 - £600

          FREDERICK WALKER A.R.A., R.W.S. (BRITISH 1840-1875) RIENZI Pen and ink (11.4cm x 10.2cm (4.5in x 4in))

          Lyon & Turnbull
        • Frederick Walker (UK, 1840 - 1875) Drawing
          Nov. 17, 2021

          Frederick Walker (UK, 1840 - 1875) Drawing

          Est: $200 - $400

          Frederick Walker (UK, 1840 - 1875) framed original charcoal drawing. Measures 4.25-in. x 3.25-in. sight size, 13.75-in. x 10.75-in. framed. Several light creases can be seen top right and top left (with magnification). If lot is absent of a condition report one may be requested via email. Condition report is provided as an opinion only and is no guarantee as grading can be subjective. Buyer must view photographs or scans to assist in determining condition and ask further questions if so desired. Our in-house shipping department will gladly pack and ship any item that fits into a 14x14x14 inch or 30x5x24 inch or equivalent or smaller box/folio if it is not fragile or over 25lbs. We will charge for labor to pack and process based on actual time it takes, actual cost of materials used to pack and actual shipper charges that will include insurance and signature required. We generally use USPS and Fed Ex and compare the pricing between the two. Books maximum box size will be 14x14x14 inch or equivalent and will be shipped USPS Media Mail unless otherwise requested. We gladly will give shipping estimates prior to auction. Please make this request at least 24 hours prior to auction for our shipping department to respond. If your invoice is for multiple items, we will use our discretion on requiring the use of an outside shipper. We reserve the right to require an outside shipper on any item(s) in the auction even if not stated.

          Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
        • FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) A stream in Inverness-shire pe
          Sep. 30, 2021

          FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) A stream in Inverness-shire pe

          Est: £4,000 - £6,000

          FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) A stream in Inverness-shire pencil, watercolour and bodycolour heightened with gum arabic on paper laid on board 8 ½ x 12 3/8 in. (21.5 x 31.5cm.)

          Christie's
        • FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) Evening in the village waterco
          Sep. 30, 2021

          FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) Evening in the village waterco

          Est: £2,500 - £3,500

          FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) Evening in the village watercolour and bodycolour heightened with gum arabic on paper 8 1/8 x 6 ¼ in. (20 x 16 cm.)

          Christie's
        • FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) The Fates pencil and watercolo
          Sep. 30, 2021

          FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) The Fates pencil and watercolo

          Est: £3,000 - £5,000

          FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) The Fates pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour and with scratching out on card 5 ¼ x 8 ¼ in. (13.4 x 21 cm.)

          Christie's
        • FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) Rossetti roasting the clique p
          Sep. 30, 2021

          FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) Rossetti roasting the clique p

          Est: £700 - £1,000

          FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., R.W.S. (1840-1875) Rossetti roasting the clique pen and brown ink on paper 4 3/8 x 7 in. (11.2 x 17.8 cm.)

          Christie's
        • FREDERICK WALKER, ARA, OWS (1840-1875)
          May. 06, 2021

          FREDERICK WALKER, ARA, OWS (1840-1875)

          Est: £100 - £150

          FREDERICK WALKER, ARA, OWS (1840-1875) AFTER THE STORM signed and dated lower left F.Walker 59. pencil and grey wash 11 x 12.5 cm/4 1/4 x 5 in Provenance: Michael Bryan, London

          Olympia Auctions
        • WALKER Frederick (1840 London- 1875 Saint Fillans) "Straßenszene mit Hühn
          Oct. 24, 2020

          WALKER Frederick (1840 London- 1875 Saint Fillans) "Straßenszene mit Hühn

          Est: -

          WALKER Frederick (1840 London- 1875 Saint Fillans) "Straßenszene mit Hühnern", Aquarell, rechts unten signiert, 17x12 cm, R, PP, links unten kleiner Riss 

          Auktionshaus Karrenbauer
        • * Walker (Frederick, 1840-1875, after). Philip in the Church, circa 1885
          Oct. 09, 2020

          * Walker (Frederick, 1840-1875, after). Philip in the Church, circa 1885

          Est: £70 - £100

          * After Frederick Walker (1840-1875). Phillip in Church, 1885, uncoloured etching by Hubert von Herkomer after Frederick Walker, published by The Fine Art Society in 1885, an artist's proof, with remarque portrait of the artist, repaired closed tears to lower right corner, 510 x 390 mm, period walnut veneer frame with gilt slip, glazed Qty: (1)

          Dominic Winter Auctions
        • FREDERICK WALKER (BRITISH, 1840-1875) - Santa Maria de Salute from la Riva degli Schiavone, Venice
          Jul. 29, 2020

          FREDERICK WALKER (BRITISH, 1840-1875) - Santa Maria de Salute from la Riva degli Schiavone, Venice

          Est: £7,000 - £10,000

          FREDERICK WALKER (BRITISH, 1840-1875) Santa Maria de Salute from la Riva degli Schiavone, Venice signed and dated '1870/ F WALKER' (lower right) pencil and watercolour on paper77⁄8 x 123⁄4 in. (19.7 x 32.4 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Attributed to Frederick Walker ARA RWS (1840-1875) British 'Maidenhead', de
          Mar. 21, 2020

          Attributed to Frederick Walker ARA RWS (1840-1875) British 'Maidenhead', de

          Est: £150 - £250

          Attributed to Frederick Walker ARA RWS (1840-1875) British 'Maidenhead', depicting a house with clothes hanging on a washing line in the yard, signed "F.W", dated '70 and titled lower left, oil on board, within a gilded and glazed frame. (Dimensions: 22 cm x 40 cm)

          Dawsons Auctioneers
        • Fred Bear and Doug Walker's Field Notes
          May. 06, 2017

          Fred Bear and Doug Walker's Field Notes

          Est: -

          Year of the Lion, Fred Bear 1965 | Grizzy Hunt, 1964 | Fred Bear India Hunt | Two additional volumes of photos and field notes

          Dan Cobb Estate Liquidators
        • Fred Bear Hip Pounch Designed for Doug Walker and two knives
          May. 06, 2017

          Fred Bear Hip Pounch Designed for Doug Walker and two knives

          Est: $200 - $400

          Bear Hip Pounch hand-tooled for Doug Walker by Fred Bear | Bone handle hunting knive, Western Boulder Colorado with sheath, file and wet stone as complete set | Fred Bear 9.5" bone handle knife and sheath, Bear MC USA

          Dan Cobb Estate Liquidators
        • Frederick Walker
          Oct. 28, 2016

          Frederick Walker

          Est: $1,500 - $2,500

          Frederick Walker Br. 1840-1875 Sunday Signed "E. W." l.l. Watercolor 6 x 9 in. 15.2 x 22.9 cm

          Barridoff Auctions
        • Frederick Walker ARA (British, 1840-1875) Punch and Judy
          Mar. 22, 2016

          Frederick Walker ARA (British, 1840-1875) Punch and Judy

          Est: £1,000 - £1,500

          Frederick Walker ARA (British, 1840-1875) Punch and Judy signed with initials 'F . W' (lower right) pencil, wash and bodycolour 17.8 x 22.8cm (7 x 9in).

          Bonhams
        • FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875) 'Greetings', 'The Swing' and 'The Letter', pencil sketches, 9 x 7cm, 10
          Feb. 03, 2016

          FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875) 'Greetings', 'The Swing' and 'The Letter', pencil sketches, 9 x 7cm, 10

          Est: £80 - £120

          FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875) 'Greetings', 'The Swing' and 'The Letter', pencil sketches, 9 x 7cm, 10 x 6cm; and 10 x 7cm; and five further caricatures or studies (8)

          Mallams
        • FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., O.W.S. | The Harbour of Refuge
          Dec. 17, 2015

          FREDERICK WALKER, A.R.A., O.W.S. | The Harbour of Refuge

          Est: £80,000 - £120,000

          watercolour and bodycolour with pencil and scratching-out

          Sotheby's
        • Frederick Walker (1840 - 1875), watercolour - coun
          Apr. 15, 2015

          Frederick Walker (1840 - 1875), watercolour - coun

          Est: £150 - £200

          Frederick Walker (1840 - 1875), watercolour - country house beside a river, 'The Haunted Hall', signed with initials, mounted, 26cm x 36cm

          Reeman Dansie
        • FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875): MISS ANSDELL
          Mar. 14, 2015

          FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875): MISS ANSDELL

          Est: $500 - $800

          FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875): MISS ANSDELL Pencil on paper laid down on card, signed with initials 'FW' lower right, with label from JS Maas & Co. Ltd., London. 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (sheet), 13 x 10 1/2 in. (frame). Estate of Holland Roberts Melson, Jr, New York

          STAIR
        • Frederick Walker ARA (British, 1840-1875) At the s
          Jan. 21, 2015

          Frederick Walker ARA (British, 1840-1875) At the s

          Est: -

          Frederick Walker ARA (British, 1840-1875) At the sick man's door, an illustration to Thackeray's Adventures of Philip

          Bonhams
        • Frederic Walker (1840-1875), PLAYING THE GUITAR (STUDY OF HIS SISTER FANNY WALKER WITH GUITAR), CIRCA 1869, Watercolour; titled to labels verso, numbered "No. 2" to old title label verso. Together with the Victorian needlework stool and the book:
          Jun. 18, 2014

          Frederic Walker (1840-1875), PLAYING THE GUITAR (STUDY OF HIS SISTER FANNY WALKER WITH GUITAR), CIRCA 1869, Watercolour; titled to labels verso, numbered "No. 2" to old title label verso. Together with the Victorian needlework stool and the book:

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          FREDERIC WALKER (1840-1875), BRITISHPLAYING THE GUITAR (STUDY OF HIS SISTER FANNY WALKER WITH GUITAR), CIRCA 1869Watercolour; titled to labels verso, numbered "No. 2" to old title label verso. Together with the Victorian needlework stool and the book: "Twenty Seven Illustrations by Frederick Walker" both depicted in the watercolour; as well as another hardcover book: "Life and Letters of Frederick Walker, A.R.A." by John George MarksArched sheet 12.25" x 9.25" - 31.1 x 23.5 cm.Provenance:Ex. Coll. Mr. Edward Phipps-Walker (1914-1985), residing in the UK and Canada;Purchased by the present owners father-in-law, Canada from the above; Gifted to the present family memberNote:Walker's elder sister Fanny was the model for other paintings by the artist. The stool carries an inscription by the artist: "To Dear Jane, worked at Cannes by F.W. Walker - Feb. 9, 1869".The artist's sister Sarah married John George Marks, the author of the green hardcover book: "Life and Letters of Frederick Walker, A.R.A.", This book is inscribed: "To Fred Walker's sister Mrs. Hill with kindest regards from E.? E? Leggatt, October 1907" front free end paper

          Waddington's
        • Frederick Walker (British, 1840-1875)
          May. 02, 2012

          Frederick Walker (British, 1840-1875)

          Est: £600 - £1,000

          Mother and child watercolour 14.5 x 10cm

          Bonhams
        • Frederick Walker England 1840-1875. Kopia efter,
          Mar. 27, 2012

          Frederick Walker England 1840-1875. Kopia efter,

          Est: kr2,500 - kr3,000

          Frederick Walker England 1840-1875. Kopia efter, 18/1900-tal. "Lösdrivarna",...

          Auktionskammare Uppsala
        • FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875, United Kingdom) WATERCOLOR ON PAPER - Unsigned, attributed to Walker; painting of seated man, with a wo...
          Feb. 13, 2011

          FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875, United Kingdom) WATERCOLOR ON PAPER - Unsigned, attributed to Walker; painting of seated man, with a wo...

          Est: $75 - $250

          FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875, United Kingdom) WATERCOLOR ON PAPER - Unsigned, attributed to Walker; painting of seated man, with a woman in the background - A label is attached to the reverse - Condition good - Late 19th century - 13.75" x 10.5" framed

          Pacific Galleries
        • FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875, United Kingdom) WATERCOLOR ON PAPER - Unsigned, attributed to Walker, titled "The Rescued Slaves" - A g...
          Feb. 13, 2011

          FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875, United Kingdom) WATERCOLOR ON PAPER - Unsigned, attributed to Walker, titled "The Rescued Slaves" - A g...

          Est: $75 - $250

          FREDERICK WALKER (1840-1875, United Kingdom) WATERCOLOR ON PAPER - Unsigned, attributed to Walker, titled "The Rescued Slaves" - A gallery label attached to the reverse notes "Unpublished illustrations for 'Tom Cringles Log'" - Condition good - Late 19th century - 11" x 12.5" framed

          Pacific Galleries
        • Manner of Frederick Walker 1840-1875- Woman on a
          Jun. 08, 2010

          Manner of Frederick Walker 1840-1875- Woman on a

          Est: £150 - £250

          Manner of Frederick Walker 1840-1875- Woman on a balcony; pencil, 16x13cm

          Roseberys
        • After Frederick Walker, ARA (1840-1875) Phillip in
          Jul. 16, 2008

          After Frederick Walker, ARA (1840-1875) Phillip in

          Est: £300 - £500

          After Frederick Walker, ARA (1840-1875) Phillip in Church Etching by Hubert Herkomer RA, proof before publication. With a remarque portrait of the artist 51.25 x 40cm; 20¼ x 15¾in (plate size) Provenance: Maas Gallery Ltd., London Some minor creasing to the paper and faint yellowing in places, overall fair.

          Woolley & Wallis
        • The old church
          Oct. 31, 2007

          The old church

          Est: £400 - £600

          Frederick Walker, A.R.A., O.W.S. (British, 1840-1875) The old church signed with initials 'F.W.' (lower right) oil on panel 14 x 12 in. (35.6 x 30.4 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Frederick Walker, A.R.A., O.W.S. (1840-1875)
          Jun. 05, 2006

          Frederick Walker, A.R.A., O.W.S. (1840-1875)

          Est: £60,000 - £100,000

          The Bouquet signed with initials and dated 'F.W./1865' (lower right) and signed again and inscribed 'The Bouquet/F Walker' (on the artist's headed paper attached to the backboard) pencil, watercolour and bodycolour with gum arabic and with scratching out 25 3/4 x 21 in. (65.4 x 53.3 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Frederick Walker, A.R.A., O.W.S. (1840-1875)
          Jun. 05, 2006

          Frederick Walker, A.R.A., O.W.S. (1840-1875)

          Est: £10,000 - £15,000

          At the sick man's door, an illustration to Thackeray's 'Adventures of Philip' signed with initials 'F.W.' (lower right) pencil, pen and black and brown ink, watercolour and bodycolour, with gum arabic 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (19.1 x 13.3 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Frederick Walker, A.R.A., O.W.S. (1840-1875)
          Nov. 24, 2004

          Frederick Walker, A.R.A., O.W.S. (1840-1875)

          Est: £60,000 - £80,000

          Wayfarers pencil and watercolour with gum arabic heightened with bodycolour 14 x 20 in. (35.5 x 50.8 cm.) in the original giltwood frame by Chapman Bros., London

          Christie's
        • Frederick Walker, A.R.A., O.W.S. (1840-1875)
          Nov. 24, 2004

          Frederick Walker, A.R.A., O.W.S. (1840-1875)

          Est: £70,000 - £100,000

          The Harbour of Refuge signed with initials (lower right) pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour and with scratching out 22 1/2 x 36 1/4 in. (57.2 x 92 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Frederick Walker, A.R.A., O.W.S. (1840-1875)
          Jul. 01, 2004

          Frederick Walker, A.R.A., O.W.S. (1840-1875)

          Est: £700 - £900

          The little farm boy pencil, watercolour and bodycolour 8 x 5 1/2 in. (20 x 14 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Frederick Walker (British, 1840-1875)
          Apr. 08, 2003

          Frederick Walker (British, 1840-1875)

          Est: -

          signed and dated 1866, oil on canvas

          Bonhams
        • Robert Walker Macbeth, R.A. (1848-1910)
          Feb. 19, 2003

          Robert Walker Macbeth, R.A. (1848-1910)

          Est: $47,700 - $79,500

          Sedge Cutting in Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire - early morning. Sedge cutting is one of the remnants of a fen industry, and Wicken Fen the only remaining portion on which the sedge has free growth. This fen is now reduced to a small acreage by man and his agricultral improvements. signed with initials and dated 'RM/1878' (lower left) oil on canvas 39 x 781/2 in. (99 x 199.4 cm.) PROVENANCE with Roy Miles, London, 1980. Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 24 July 1986, lot 174, when acquired by the present owner. LITERATURE H.C. Blackburn (ed.), Academy Notes 1878, London, 1878, illus. p. 68. Art Journal, 1878, p. 180. Magazine of Art, 1878, pp. 105-106. English Illustrated Magazine, 'In the Fens', 1883-4, illustration of MacBeth's study for the figure of the man, p. 67. P. Hook & M. Poltimore, Popular 19th Century Painting, Woodbridge, 1986, illus. p. 507. EXHIBITION London, Royal Academy, 1878, no. 1016. London, Roy Miles Gallery, Viva Victoriana, 1980, no. 32. Heatherley School of Fine Art: 150th Anniversary Exhibition, 1996, no. 40. NOTES Born in Glasgow in 1848, MacBeth was the son of the notable Scottish portrait painter Norman MacBeth, who was a member of the Royal Scottish Academy. He left Edinburgh for London in 1870 and established himself in a studio of his own. He was then employed as a draughtsman at The Graphic, a leading periodical of the time, and in 1871 he began to exhibit. He made his debut at the Royal Academy in 1874 and was one of the few artists who never had a picture refused by the institution. In 1875 he made a series of large-scale works depicting the life of the inhabitants of the Fenlands of East Anglia. Most of his best-known work resulted from his first-hand study of the local manners and customs of the Fenlands. In Caw's opinion these Fenland pictures were some of his finest, 'in which a sense of beauty mingles with admiration for strength in man or woman, or in Nature.' (James Caw, Scottish Painting, 1908, p. 278). Such treatment of peasant life had its precursors in the works of the mid-19th century French Barbizon painters, Millet's The Gleaners (1857; Louvre), in which by becoming the focus of the artist's work the labourers are elevated out of the strict social hierarchy of the 19th century and given a timeless and heroic status which is in reality denied to them. The critic for the Art Journal in 1878 noted, '...the fine way in which Mr MacBeth catches whatever is noble in the build and action of a peasant's form...'. Other critics noted that Macbeth painted not only the picturesque but also the unhealthy side of rural England and admired the way he was not afraid to be realistic about conditions in the Victorian countryside. Indeed, one of his most familiar images A Lincolnshire Gang (1876) was inspired by newspaper accounts of the abuse of child labour in the Fens. In addition to the contemporary commentary, there is also a symbolic element to this picture which draws on traditional imagery of the River Styx. This type of social realist painting is consistent with the style of other artists and illustrators contributing to the Graphic magazine in the 1870s. Although illustrations showing working-class life had appeared in the works of Dickens and other magazines, The Graphic gave these subjects the large format of full-page or double-page illustrations and emphasised the human interest of the new style of art. This new generation of painters presented working-class subjects with a vivid sense of actuality as their post Pre-Raphaelite training in realistic observation led them away from the melodrama and caricature of earlier social realist artists such as Cruikshank and Hablot K. Browne. In the catalogue for the Hard Times exhibition, Julian Treuherz describes the distinctive style of these artists: 'The drawing of the figure was solid and well rounded, the compositions were often strongly designed...the observation of character was keen: portrait-like drawings of individuals, with attention given to nuances of facial expression, could elicit sympathy from spectators, investing a social problem with human interest.' (London, 1987, p. 63). Other contributors to the Graphic are well represented in this sale and include Frank Holl (lot 114), Sir Luke Fildes (lot 113) Frederick Walker (lot 120), Sir Hubert von Herkomer (lot 18), Charles Green (lot 350), and G.J. Pinwell (lot 351). When this painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1878 it was accompanied by the following quotation, 'Sedge cutting is one of the remnants of a fen industry, and Wicken Fen the only remaining portion on which the sedge has free growth. This fen is now reduced to a small acreage by man and his agricultral improvements.' Wicken Fen is Britain''s oldest nature reserve and in 1999 it celebrated its 100th anniversary. On May 1st 1899 the National Trust purchased its first two acre strip for œ10 - it is now over 800 acres. The Fen has been managed traditionally for centuries by sedge cutting and peat digging which has produced a unique fenland habitat rich in wildlife. Charles Darwin collected beetles on the Fen in the 1820s and at the turn of the century the fathers of modern ecology and conservation, the Cambridge botanists Sir Harry Godwin and Dr Arthur Tansley carried out their pioneering work. In the 1890s the sedge (used for roofing and animal bedding) and peat (a fuel) economies collapsed and were replaced by more efficient alternatives. There were major concerns that the Fen would be drained as had happened elsewhere in the Great Fen Basin. A number of the early entomologists (particularly G.H. Verrall and The Hon. N.C. Rothschild) played a vital role in ensuring the Wicken's survival by acquiring major parts of the Fen and donating them to the National Trust.

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        • George John Pinwell, R.W.S. (1842-1875)
          Feb. 19, 2003

          George John Pinwell, R.W.S. (1842-1875)

          Est: $4,770 - $7,950

          Study for 'The Fiddler and the Flower Girl' signed with monogram (lower left) pencil, watercolour and bodycolour 43/4 x 6 in. (12.1 x 15.3 cm.) PROVENANCE The Artist's Studio sale, Christie's, London, 16 March 1876, lot 36 (1 gn to Hardcastle). Harold T. Hartley. William Newall; Christie's, London, 30 June 1922, lot 64, (8 gns to Nicoll). Mrs M.E. Nicoll; Christie's, London, 14 December 1976, lot 136. with The Maas Gallery, London, from whom acquired by the present owner in 1982. EXHIBITION London, Deschamps, Works by the late George John Pinwell, 1876, no. 6. Birmingham, Royal Society of Artists, 1895, no. 367. NOTES This is a study for the finished watercolour which was sold in Pinwell's studio sale in these Rooms, 16 March 1876, lot 178, and which was exhibited at the Society of Painters in Water Colours in that year. Pinwell worked closely with Frederick Walker, and both were much admired for their depictions of rural life and urban street scenes. Pinwell began to exhibit watercolours at the Dudley Gallery in 1865 and he was elected as a Member of the Old Water-Colour Society in 1870. Van Gogh remarked that Pinwell 'was such a poet that he saw the sublime in the most ordinary, commonplace things.' This poetry is much in evidence in this sketch. The fiddler passes only haltingly by the flower girl, although she seems absorbed in her own thoughts.

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        • Frederick Walker, A.R.A. (1840-1875)
          Feb. 19, 2003

          Frederick Walker, A.R.A. (1840-1875)

          Est: $15,900 - $23,850

          At the Sick Man's Door; an illustration to Thackeray's 'Adventures of Philip' signed with initials 'F.W.' (lower right) pencil, watercolour and bodycolour, with gum arabic 71/2 x 51/4 in. (9.1 x 13.3 cm.) PROVENANCE Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 10 February 1987, lot 55, when acquired by the present owner. LITERATURE C. Newall, 'The Art Market: English Book Illustration of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries', Apollo, vol. 126, no. 307, September 1987, p. 198, illus. EXHIBITION Virtue Rewarded, 1988-90, no. 34. The Heatherley School of Fine Art: 150th Anniversary Exhibition, 1996, no. 38. NOTES This watercolour was worked up from an illustration that appeared in The Cornhill Magazine, vol. 5, p. 129, February 1862. William Makepeace Thackeray, the editor of The Cornhill, serialised his novel Philip on his Way Through the World over a period of two years from 1861-2. Thackeray himself illustrated the first few installments, but having been introduced to Walker early in 1861 he made the young artist his proteg‚, commissioning him to take over the illustrations from May 1861. Walker produced a long series of woodcuts, ranging from illuminated capitals to full page compositions several of which, including Philip in Church and At the Sick Man's Door provided the designs for finished watercolours. Philip was Thackeray's last completed novel, and its characters are largely those who populated his earlier novels. Pendennis, Thackeray's hero of ten years before, is the narrator. His young friend Philip is a struggling journalist whose fortunes are overshadowed by his father's secret past. Philip falls in love with Charlotte, daughter of General Baynes, a trustee of Philip's rightful inheritance, but the match is fiercely opposed by Charlotte's parents. In Walker's illustration, Philip and Charlotte are about to enter the bedroom where General Baynes lies ill. Mrs Baynes waits 'with hot tearless eyes and livid face, a wretched sentinel outside the sick chamber'. The anxiety of the moment can be read in Philip's pensive face as he waits while 'little Char' gently turns the door handle. Both avert their eyes from the questioning gaze of Mrs Baynes. In the next moment there will be blessings and happiness, for once beyond that door which seems such an ominous barrier in Walker's illustration, the couple are welcomed by the General: 'the poor man laid the hands of the young people together, and his own upon them. The suffering to which he had put his daughter seemed to be the crime which specially affected him. He thanked Heaven to be able to see that he was wrong.' These paternal blessings are conferred in timely fashion as General Baynes dies soon after.

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        • Frederick Walker, A.R.A. (1840-1875)
          Mar. 08, 2001

          Frederick Walker, A.R.A. (1840-1875)

          Est: $2,820 - $4,230

          A country beauty signed with monogram (lower left) oil on canvas 35 x 28 in. (88.8 x 71.1 cm.).

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