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  • John Minton (1917-1957)

    Classical Composition

    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.  
  • Frederick Nash (1782-1856) Drawn and etched

    Engraved by F C Lewis

    South East View of St George's Chapel, Windsor

    To the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Exeter London Published by F Nash, No 6 Asylum Buildings, Westminster Road July 12 1804 39.5x52cm Frederick Nash was born in Lambeth. Initially studying architectural drawing under Thomas Malton he subsequently enrolled at the Royal Academy of Arts. From 1801 to 1809 he worked with the antiquarians John Britton and Edward Wedlake Brayley, subsequently becoming a member of the Society of Painters in Watercolours - a group of painters who had left the Royal Academy following complaints of under-recognition of their works. Latterly primarily a landscape painter he toured the rivers of Germany.
  • Frederick Nash (1782-1856) Drawn and etched

    Engraved by F C Lewis

    South West View of St George's Chapel, Windsor

    To the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Exeter London Published by F Nash, No 6 Asylum Buildings, Westminster Road July 12 1804 39.5x52cm Frederick Nash was born in Lambeth. Initially studying architectural drawing under Thomas Malton he subsequently enrolled at the Royal Academy of Arts. From 1801 to 1809 he worked with the antiquarians John Britton and Edward Wedlake Brayley, subsequently becoming a member of the Society of Painters in Watercolours - a group of painters who had left the Royal Academy following complaints of under-recognition of their works. Latterly primarily a landscape painter he toured the rivers of Germany.
  • Carvosso 1966 World Cup England

    Original poster, 1966 76x50cm Wembley, Everton, Sheffield, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Manchester, Middlebrough, White City
  • Robert Tavener (British) 1920 – 2004

    St Lawrence Jewry (City Series)

     c.1970 Lithograph Signed in pencil ‘Robert Tavener’ and inscribed ‘St Lawrence Jewry (City Series)’ and numbered 35/50. For other works by Robert Tavener and biographical details click here. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
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    Suisse Axenstrasse - Lac des Quatre Cantons

    Original lithographic poster (1925) Pho. Wehrli SA Kilchberg Brunner & Co SA Zurich Published by the Swiss National Tourist Office, Zurich and Lausanne 40x25" If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • US Naval Aviation Training Division Royal Air Force Hawker Typhoon-UK Fighter aeroplane

    Lithographic poster 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view.
  • Josep Artigas Ojeda (1919-1992)

    Vevey, Switzerland (Summer) c.1955-60 Lithographic poster 98x64cm Josep Artigas was one of the most important Spanish poster designers
  • Hans Falk (1918-2002)

    Sport au Soleil en Suisse

    Original Vintage Poster (1957) Lithograph 40x25" Signed in the plate, and showing a procession of brightly-coloured skiers heading up the mountain towards the sun. Falk was a Swiss graphic designer who spent much of his life in the USA, UK and Ireland, producing many striking and popular posters.
  • Frank Brangwyn (1867 – 1956)

    Use Your Public Library

    Printed for the Library Association Original poster 76x51cm If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Isabel Saul (1895-1982)

    Bristol Gateway of the West

    Printed for Railway Executive Original poster 101x63cm A travel poster encouraging travel to the West of England
  • William Matthison

    Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

    Watercolour 26x34cm Born outside Birmingham, Matthison attended King Edward’s School in the city. Learning drawing at Birmingham Central School of Art he became a pupil of Birmingham artist Edward Watson. Becoming a professional artist in 1875, he moved to Oxfordshire in 1883. In 1902 he moved to Park Town, in Oxford and was commissioned by Robert Peel to paint more than seventy views of the University of Oxford which were made into postcards. Priced at seven for a shilling, they were only available from E Cross of Pembroke Street. Raphael Tuck & Sons also commissioned him to produce scenes of Cambridge for their postcards. His views of Oxford were latterly used in Fifty Watercolour Drawings of Oxford published in 1912 by Alden & Co.
  • George Lilly Anderson (British b. 1870)

    Trinity College Cambridge Bridge

    28x38cm Watercolour Intriguingly nothing is known of Anderson's life, apart from the carefully painted landscapes. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Macadam (British fl. 1920s-30s)

    Giants Bread Original Book Cover Design

    (written by 'Mary Westmacott' pseudonym of Agatha Christie) Watercolour and pencil 37.5x25cm Agatha Christie wrote a series of books under the nom de plume of Mary Westmacott. Macadam was a British illustrator active in the 1920s and 1930s. Amongst his commercial works are several dust wrapper designs for London-based publishers, most important amongst which is the design for the dust wrapper for the first edition of Agatha Christie's first straight novel Giant's Bread. Book dust wrapper designs Amongst his known works are: Giant's Bread by Mary Westmacott, a nom-de-plume of Agatha Christie (1930) Collins, London - first edition. Joseph Kerkhoven's Third Existence by Jacob Wassermann (1934) Allen & Unwin, London - dust wrapper for first UK edition. Neighbours by George Thomas (1935) Williams & Norgate, Ltd., London. The Barbarians by Virginia Faulkner (1935) Arthur Baker, London. Blind Mouths by Thomas Frederic Tweed (1934) Arthur Barker, London - dust wrapper for first edition. Humour by Stephen Leacock (1935) The Bodley Head, London - dust wrapper for first edition. Water into Wine by Catherine Carter. Not all his dust wrappers are signed, but those for Blind Mouths and Joseph Kerkhoven's Third Existence are.
  • David Loggan (1634-1692)

    Hall of the Blessed Virgin Oxford Engraving 25x35cm If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Robert Morden (1650-1703) Nottingham Shire (or Nottinghamshire)

    Engraving with recent hand colouring 34x42cm First published in 1695 for Camden's Britannica (1695-1772) and reprinted several times during the succeeding century.