• Anonymous Original Art Deco Design for Poster: Norwegian Cruises by Blue Star Luxury Line

    Gouache on paper c. 1930s 35x25cm It has not yet been possible to identify a poster for which this was the design. A well-painted design for a poster for cruises to Norway. A funnel pours out a stylised stream of smoke. The distance in the fjord is cleverly demarkated by the use of horizontal white lines. The interlocking spurs of the fjord are clearly visible, and a spectacular use of colour helps the Art Deco design. Isolated spotting and loss of paint, as visible in photograph. In a fine hand-finished black box frame, with AR anti-reflective glass. A rare survivor which shows very handsomely.
  • Peter Collins ARCA (1923-2001) Still Life with Green Apples and Bottle

    Oil on Board 49x59cm Provenance: The Artist's Studio A stongly-painted image, with a generous use of skilfully executed impasto and bright tones. A bowl of green fruit, probably apples, and with perhaps some lemons sits besides a slender and partly-drunk bottle, with an abstract tablecloth in red, white and blue behind. Collins's first job was at an advertising agency, in the commercial studio, whilst he attended evening art classes. World War II interrupted his career and he joined the Royal Artillery (of the British Army), teaching painting and drawing in the Education Corps - whilst simultaneously teaching at St Martin's School of Art, part time. Following the war Collins studied at the Royal College of Art, winning a scholarship. Leaving in 1950 he then worked as a commercial artist producing some well-known posters for clients including British Railways and British European Airways. He was the Art Director at Odhams Press and spent time designing for both ICI and Shell. With his wife Georgette he created the 'Bacombe Galleries' in Sussex, converting a group of buildings. In 1975 they again converted buildings, this time Stanley Studios in Chelsea which were scheduled for redevelopment; many artists had worked there, probably the most famous being Elizabeth Frink. Combining an artist's studio and a single residence at Stanley Studios the Collinses were immersed in Chelsea's art scene and proceeded to fill the place with art, antiques, scupture and curios.
  • John Minton (1917-1957)

    Figures on the Beach

    Oil on canvas, framed 76x61cm Signed 'Minton' top left Minton’s won a prize for composition with this painting in his last term at St John’s Wood School of Art in 1938. His painting had come under the influence of Giorgio de Chirico, the inventor of surrealism. In 1936 Roland Penrose had led the London International Surrealist Exhibition (where Dylan Thomas carried a cup of string around the exhibition, offering it to guests with a choice of weak of strong), and in 1937 the ‘Surrealist Invasion’ of Cornwall; Minton was following the fashions of the time. De Chirico was famous for paintings of horses on beaches in classical surroundings, surrounded perhaps by fragments of masonry, and temples – the collision of the strange and the familiar he described as ‘uncanny’. Minton here has however made a unicorn – rather than a horse – the centrepiece, doubtless making reference to the reputation of unicorn horn as an aphrodisiac as Minton struggled with his own sexuality; it was not until after he was called up to the army during the war that he admitted being gay, being discharged on these grounds. The unicorn is surrounded by five beautiful youths, a couple are grouped to the left, a girl plays a stringed instrument, a further youth stands upon the unicorn clutching a trumped and in the centre of the picture is a further youth, naked save for a cloth around his neck as he clutches a shield and a spear. In the foreground is a demolished statue of a woman, referring probably to Minton’s rejection of women. The painting is referred to in Frances Spalding’s 1991 biography of John Minton on p37. Provenance: gift of the artist to his school friend Ken Lawrence, and by descent.  
  • Julian Trevelyan (1910-1988)

    Cretan Windmills (1964)

    Oil on canvas 61 x 77 cm Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

    Bufo the Toad

    Pencil, 1940s/1950s In a Nicholson butt-jointed frame Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were famous as a husband and wife team for their fascination with nature and their vibrant and charming depictions of animals. They were the natural artists to be commissioned by Collins for their 'New Naturalists' series of books, which have become famous and highly collectable more for the dust jackets designed by the Ellises than for the - otherwise excellent - content. This painting is from a recently discovered series of paintings and drawings, never before seen by the general public, dating from the 1940s and 1950s. "Old Bufo is the biggest Toad. He is very tame and always knows that when I make a special scratching noise he will get fed." Clifford and Rosemary wrote a series of illustrated books for young children including this one featuring Bufo. Although never published they are now held by the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Rosemary Ellis (1910-1998)

    Canna Lily

    Gouache, 1940s/1950s In a Nicholson butt-jointed frame Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were famous as a husband and wife team for their fascination with nature and their vibrant and charming depictions of animals. They were the natural artists to be commissioned by Collins for their 'New Naturalists' series of books, which have become famous and highly collectable more for the dust jackets designed by the Ellises than for the - otherwise excellent - content. This painting is from a recently discovered series of paintings and drawings, never before seen by the general public, dating from the 1940s and 1950s. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

    Snakes

    Gouache, 1940s/1950s 21x35cm In a Nicholson butt-jointed frame Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were famous as a husband and wife team for their fascination with nature and their vibrant and charming depictions of animals. They were the natural artists to be commissioned by Collins for their 'New Naturalists' series of books, which have become famous and highly collectable more for the dust jackets designed by the Ellises than for the - otherwise excellent - content. This painting is from a recently discovered series of paintings and drawings, never before seen by the general public, dating from the 1940s and 1950s. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • J Phillip Davies (British, 20th Century)

    Selwyn College Cambridge

    Oil on board c. 1970 60x89cm A rare view of Selwyn College Cambridge, captured here in all the glory of its Victorian red brick.
  • John Piper C.H. (1903-1992)

    Garn Fawr

    Watercolour and gouache on paper; executed 1969 Titled and dated lower left 'Garn Fawr 12 VIII 69' 37×54 cm (14.5 x 21.25″) It was Piper's wife, Myfanwy - whom he met whilst she lived in London with her Welsh family - who first introduced Piper to West Wales in the 1930s. The Pembrokeshire landscape became his muse as it did also for Graham Sutherland, another great neo-romantic painter. Having lived in various parts of Wales in the post-war period, in 1962 the Pipers bought a cottage by Garn Fawr, on the Pembrokeshire Coast. Garn Fawr volcanic outcrop, the site of an Iron Age hill fort it had also been used as a high viewpoint during the First World War. Having started out as an artist practising abstraction, Piper had moved more towards realism, and more towards depictions of buildings, by the stage he painted the present picture. However he continued with abstraction and it is possible here to imagine him on a warm summer's day outside his cottage by the sea painting the landscape as he saw it. King George VI famously remarked to Piper, as he recorded Windsor Castle during the Second World War, "You seem to have very bad luck with your weather, Mr Piper.' Here, instead, we have a more joyful picture; Piper's dark and brooding habit having largely been dispatched by the glories of the Welsh countryside. The blue probably represents the sea, white horses or rocks the white shapes within. The different blocks of colour represent different fields, and flowers and plants the bright - and dark - splashes of colour ensuring that Piper's characteristic darkness is not entirely absent. For other works by the artist and biographical details, click here. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Lord Paul Ayshford Methuen

    Clerkenwell Green, London (1946)

    Ink and watercolour 35x26cm For biographical details and other works by the artist click here. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.  
  • Graham Sutherland (1903-1980)

    Datura

    Signed with initials and dated 57; inscribed with title on the stretcher, also signed with initials and inscribed "to Douglas with love G.S. 57" on the reverse.
    Oil on canvas
    17.5x14cm
    Provenance: Waddington Galleries, Private Collection, Sotheby's 11 December 2006 lot 76.
    In the late 1940s Sutherland took to holidaying in the Corniche - the South of France near the Italian border. Britain in the 1940s was a joyless place, the winters hard and the food scant; the south of France was a complete contrast. Sutherland replaced the cold, poisonous yellows, greens and reds of his Pembrokeshire palette with the warm colours of Provence with as much enthusiasm as he embraced the palate of Mediterranean cooking. In 1955 he and his wife purchased a 1934 modernist home with views of the sea that had been designed by Eileen Gray in the spirit of Le Courbusier. Its 36 acres of gardens they planted as a jungle with avocados, olives and mangoes and the extraordinary datura. Poisonous, a member of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, datura flowers are white and volumnious. Yet more mysteriously it is a vespertine - opening its flowers only in the evening. Sutherland may well have been living in an earthly paradise, but the deadly and mysterious datura intrigued him and became a regular subject.
    Pallant House has another of Sutherland's 1957 Datura paintings - which came from the collection of Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral and famous patron of artists of the period.
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    Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

    North Wiltshire Early May II

    Gouache 39x19cm Design published as a lithograph. Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.ukor call us on 07929 749056.
  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

    Grey Abstract 

    Gouache 10x18cm Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

    Seascape in Blue

    Gouache in artist's own mount 20x30cm Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.ukor call us on 07929 749056.
  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

    Autumn in Yellow and Brown

    Gouache 27x15cm Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)

    Abstract in Grey I

    Gouache 21x12cm Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent. Click here for biographical details and other works by the artist. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.