Oil on canvas; signed and dated 1900.
16 x 23 inches
A Venetian Girl
Oil on canvas; inscribed 'L.F to C.M.B', plaque on old frame reads 'Sir Harry Veitch Bequest'
13.75 x 9.5 inches
Oil on canvas; signed and inscribed 'Coronation, 1905'
12 x 16 inches
PROVENANCE: with Ackermanns
LITERATURE: The finished painting illustrated in The Pointer as a Show Dog by Lola Macdonald Daly, captioned "Reproduced by courtesy of Messrs. Spratt's Patent, Ltd., from a painting by Arthur Wardle"
An oil sketch by this superb Edwardian dog painter, of a famous three year old liver/white English pointer bitch named Champion Coronation (Edward VII was crowned in 1902, the year she was whelped). Bred by a Brit, one E. Newbitt, but owned by an American, George Bleistein, she won Best Pointer Bitch at Cruft's for the second year running in the year that this was painted, probably commissioned by Bleistein.
'"Coronation" came to this country [the US] as the greatest England ever produced, and with such a reputation it was natural that she attracted a great amount of attention. She is a very smoothly made one, not just right in expression, but very clean in shoulders, legs and chest and remarkably well made in loin quarters and stifles.'
The Pointer and Setter in America, by AF Hochwalt, pub. Sportsman's Review Publishing Co., Cincinatti, 1911.
Zira: in Captivity
10 x 8.75 inches
LITERATURE: Laurence Hope, The Garden of Kama, Heinemann, 1914, ill.
The Garden of Kama, an anthology of poetry by Adela Florence Nicolson, was published under the pseudonym Laurence Hope, and illustrated by Byam Shaw. The poems, mostly about unrequited love, were passed off as translations of North West Indian and Persian Sufi poems by a male poet, on the assumption that they would be taken more seriously if people thought they were not by a woman. The ruse was so successful that many prominent poets, including Thomas Hardy, lavished praise on them. This picture illustrates the poem Zira: in Captivity:
You never seek me. All day long I lie
Watching the changes of the far-off sky
Behind the lattice-work of carven stone.
And all night long, alas! I lie alone.
War Searchlights over London Bridge
Pastel and charcoal on blue paper; labelled 'War Searchlights over London Bridge 1917/ Randoll'
9.25 x 6.5 inches
Romeo and Juliet
Watercolour with bodycolour and gold; signed and inscribed verso 'Romeo + Juliet'
8 x 10 inches
Oil on panel; signed, signed and titled on fragment of masking tape, backboard reads 'no. 24 Bocca d'Arno' in artist's hand, in another hand reads 'Bocca d'Arno, Italia/oil on panel/ William Hulton'
4.5 x 9 inches