|An unusual set of three family portraits, each oil on canvas, approximately 29.5 x 23 ins., 75 x 59 cms.|
They comprise: a portrait of the father in riding clothes, leaning on a gate outside his stables, a groom leading out his horse in the background; a portrait of the son with a hoop, standing in a river landscape; a portrait of the wife with her infant daughter in the family drawing room.
There is a nice touch which ties these three paintings together as a family group. In the portrait of the mother, the painting of the son hangs on the wall on the right of the picture. The mother is standing with a mirror on the wall behind her and in this is reflected the lower half of the husband’s portrait, easily recognisable with his white breeches and small, crossed feet in black boots with silver spurs.
R. P. North is an artist whose work is scarce and of whom little is recorded beyond the fact that he exhibited in London between 1856 and 1858. These three paintings came to light rolled up in an attic where they had remained for many years. It now seems that the artist is Richard Potter North who was born c. 1816 at Stanford-le-Hope or adjacent Orsett (in south Essex near Grays), the son of Richard North, a carpenter. By the late 1830s the family had moved to Turner Street in Mile End Old Town (East London), and in the 1841 Census Richard was living there with his father and sister: he gives his profession as 'artist'. In 1847 Richard Potter North, artist, was married at St Mary's, Haggerston to Emma Ling, a publican's daughter. By the 1851 Census he had moved a short distance to '17 Saville Cottage' (probably an error for 'Saville Row'), on the Mile End Road, where he was living with his wife and three young children: he records himself as an 'Artist, in portraits, &c'. Electoral rolls show he remained at 17 Saville Row until the late 1850s, but by 1861 he had moved with his family back out to Orsett, where he stayed there for the rest of his life. The practise of art had clearly failed to support the family, as his profession is now given as 'plumber and house decorator'. Local directories continue to list him as such from 1862 right through to 1890. In the 1871 Census he is a 'plumber, painter, &c', in 1881 just a 'painter', and in 1891 a 'Painter, Grainer, [?sign] Writer, Gilder' - so in all probability a highly-skilled decorator. Interestingly, in the 1901 Census - when, at 84 years old, he must have been retired from his main trade - he lists himself once more as 'Artist (painter)'. This is the last trace of him until his death in February 1915, at the splendid age of 98: his estate was valued at a respectable £956.
|Lot ID: 83|
|Low Estimate: GBP 12,000|
|High Estimate: GBP 15,000|
|Next Bid: GBP 6,000|
|Sale ID: 1|
|Sale Date: July 14, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Live Auction|
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|Location of Origin: England|
|Medium/Materials: Oil on Canvas|
|Dimensions: approximately 29.5 x 23 ins., 75 x 59 cms.|
|Primary Classification: Fine Art : European Art|
|Provenance: Signed "R. P. North" on the portrait of the young son|
|Item Condition:||A group of three portraits of an English country gentleman and his family Painted in oil on canvas circa 1855 Signed on the portrait of the young son Some years ago these paintings were discovered rolled up in an attic. They were very dirty but had never before been cleaned or restored. They had not suffered unduly from being rolled up or the conditions in which they had been stored. In particular, no paint has been lost through flaking in the past. About 20 years ago they were cleaned and lined and secured on new, good quality stretchers. The cleaning was done with care and revealed the delicate colouring and fine detail of the paintings. There were some very small damages which were retouched. Today they are all in very good condition. They are now in good quality reproduction gilt frames. One approximate size is stated in the catalogue. The exact sizes of the three paintings are as follows: Portrait of the father in riding clothes, leaning on a gate outside his stables, a groom leading out his horse in the background, 29 3/8 x 23 ½ ins, Portrait of his son with a hoop and stick, standing with his spaniel by a stream in an extensive landscape, 30 1/8 x 23 1/8 ins. This painting is signed “R. P. North” on the footbridge, bottom right. Portrait of his wife with her infant daughter in the family drawing room, 29 7/8 x 24 1/8 ins.|
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