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frank Randal (1852-1917)
North Porch, Cathedral of Cahors, August 1883
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29th June -5th July 2019


EX. Leaflet Goodman June 2019

A recent discovery, in one lot in a provincial sale, these three watercolours were all commissioned by John Ruskin for the Guild of St George. How they ended up in a small sale from a deceased estate is a mystery.
Both Thomas Matthew Rooke and Frank Randal were sent around France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland painting and drawing the cathedrals, churches, old buildings and their stone work for Ruskin.
Randal visited Cahors in 1883 where he did several watercolours of the city. These are now in the Guild of St. George.
Rooke visited Sierre, Switzerland in 1884, there is a very similar styled watercolour, entitled “ Old Wine Press, Sierre” in the Guild of St. George.
The view of Scionzier, near Cluses in France, also by Rooke, which could be confused for a George Price Boyce it is so close in style, was at some point copied by Isabella Jay in a lesson with Ruskin. The copy is in the Guild.
The first owner of these watercolours must have had a strong link to Ruskin to be able to acquire them. One can only imagine that over time and different owners their attributions were forgotten or lost.

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Upcoming Fairs

10 - 12 may 2019

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair

The Marquee, Petworth Park, Petworth , West Sussex GU28 0QY www.petworthparkfair.com AA signposted , Pedestrian entrance via Petworth House. Vehicle entrance off the A272 to Midhurst from Petworth
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18th Century Continental School
Classical Landscape with Hermit and goats by a Wooden Building
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The Canon Gallery

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The Canon Gallery was established in 1985. It has dealt in British and European 18th,19th and 20th Century oils and watercolours.

Over the years we have dealt in works by some of our greatest artists
including: JMW Turner, R P Bonington, John Ruskin, E. Burne Jones,
George Frederick Watts, E. John Poynter, H.Moore, I.Hitchens , the
Post impressionists, Barbizon School and Modern British.

If you wish to sell a painting we can either purchase it outright or sell it
on commission by private treaty.