Antique Masters

British and Continental landscape
19th and early 20th Century

Grierson Galleries is exhibiting exemplary old paintings for sale from established ‘master’ British and Continental landscape artists from the 19th and early 20th Century

This page is called ‘antique masters’ as in theory, ‘old master’ applies only to artists who were fully trained, were ‘Masters’ of their local artists’ guild, and worked independently, but were pre-19th Century. In practice, paintings produced by pupils or workshops are often included in the scope of the term. Therefore, beyond a certain level of competence, date rather than quality is the criterion for using the term. And that date is pre-1800, So ‘antique’ is the chosen term here.

Grierson Galleries is proud to provide paintings from established British and Continental landscapes of 19th and early 20th Century. All the paintings are from professional artists who were well known in their time, mostly indexed, and were highly sought after.

During this time in art history, landscape traditions of painters were developing in such a way as to revolutionize the painters’ outlook towards the aesthetics of the ‘view’ in the 19th Century, not just in England, but throughout Europe. Taking it away from the background to idealistic high art subjects and bringing it to the foreground of reality. The century was essentially an age dominated by landscape-painters (and seascape artists), and the most important developments in figure-painting were the result of applying the landscape-painters’ less defined outlook to figure-subjects.

It is important to note that only 100 years before this period, landscape was not considered a genre and was still looked down on as needing the narration of figures

Many come with their original frame or equivalent.

All the artists we deal with have seen their prices reach much higher than now, many into tens of thousands. But that could change. Much like crafted antique furniture, prices have fallen sharply over the last decade. However, the craftsmanship among our represented artists remains exceptional, all of whom would have been feted at the time. All prices include any necessary canvas restoration work, provided prior to presentation.

Henry Cubley 2

Henry Hadfield Cubley (1858-1934)

Henry was often drawn to the rugged beauty of Wales and Scotland’s mountainous regions, which provides inspiration for some of his most sought after works.

The artist’s last exhibition at the Royal Academy was in 1902, after which he continued to paint and immerse himself in the landscapes he loved.

Title: ‘In Glencoe’
Dated: 1910
Size: 20 x 30 inches plus the gilt slip frame
Price: £690

Thomas Whitcombe - Shipping of Dover

Attributed to Thomas Whitcombe (1763 – 1824)

Thomas Whitcombe was a prolific and dedicated marine artist exhibiting 56 Paintings in the Royal Academy between 1783 and 1824. His range of work embraced naval engagements, ship portraits, coastal scenes with shipping, and ships at sea in fresh breezes and storms. The painting for sale here is a wonderful example of his work. His paintings are in many museums and galleries including the Greenwich maritime museum.

In 2007, a similar painting, similar dimensions to this: Thomas Whitcombe, ‘A view of St Helier’ sold at auction for £132,000.

Title: ‘Shipping off Dover’
Size: 27.5 x 20 inches plus a gold frame.
Price: £2,250

James Stark Painting

Attributed to James Stark (1794 – 1859)

This is a fine example of the Norwich school of painting, attributed to James Stark and painted in the 1820’s. Stark was elected vice-president of the acclaimed Norwich Society of Artists in 1828 and became their president in 1829. He had wealthy patrons and was consistently praised by the Norfolk press for his successful London career.

Size: 10 x 8 inches plus period gilt frame.
Price: £520

John James Wilson Painting

John James Wilson. (1818-1875)

Wilson started his career as a landscape artist but amongst his 55 Royal Academy exhibits in the period 1835 to 1873 he had a phase between 1850 and 1861 when he entered mainly coastal scenes. Although listed in several references books as a landscape specialist, Algernon Graves described him as a painter of sea pieces. His total number of London exhibits between 1831 and 1875 was 500 and so he had a considerable profile. His work is bright and attractive.

Dated & Signed: J Wilson 1867
Title: ‘Passing the time of day’
Size: 42 x 24 inches plus a gold frame.
Price: £1,420

Henry Maurice Page Painting

Henry Maurice Page (1848 – 1908)

Landscape and animal painter. Henry Maurice Page lived in London and Croydon. He exhibited at the Royal Academy 1879 to 1890, but mostly at Royal Society of British artists on Suffolk street. Titles at the Royal Academy describes how he painted birds and still-life, “Sport from Loch and Moor, winged or on the flight.”

Title: ‘Under the Downs Sussex, sketch Oct 1st 1883’
Size: 20 x 30 inches unframed.
Price: £620

James Holland Painting

James Holland RWS (1799-1870)

Holland was a very well known painter and watercolourist of landscapes and continental views, especially Venice, James Holland was born in Burslem, Staffordshire. Taught by his mother, who painted flowers on porcelain, he came to London in 1819. At first, concentrated on flower paintings, but changed gradually to landscapes. In 1831 he went to France on the first of many tours he was to make all over Europe.

Holland’s early watercolours are among the finest in the tradition of Victorian continental view paintings. Comparable to, sometimes even better than, Callow, Prost, Harding or Roberts. After 1840, Holland’s style began to decline. Like so many Victorian artists, he found it more profitable to turn out romantic, colourful views of Venice. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1824 and 1865 he also exhibited at many other societies.

This is a fine example of his work in its original exhibition gilt frame.

Title: ‘Little Burlees’ (A Grade 1 house near Manchester)
Size: 30/ x 25 inches plus exhibition gilt frame.
Price: £1,650.00

Henry Cubley Painting

Henry Hatfield Cubley (1858-1934)

Henry was often drawn to the rugged beauty of Wales and Scotland’s mountainous regions, which provided inspiration for some of his most sought after works.

The artist’s last exhibition at the Royal Academy was in 1902 after which He continued to paint and immersed himself in the landscapes he loved.

Titled: “Clearing after the storm Barmouth”
Dated: 1924
Size: 20 x 30 inches plus gilt slip.
Price: £650

Thomas Francis Barrett Painting

Thomas Francis Barrett

Very fine 19th Century oil painting figures resting by a pond whilst cattle water (maybe view of distant Chichester).
Not much known about this artist, he did not exhibit. Some artists took the decision not to exhibit at any national exhibitions.

Size: 20 x 30 inches plus original gold frame.
Price: £580.00

Thatched Cottage - Unknown Artist

Artist unknown

Very fine ‘romantic 19th Century oil painting of a woman by her thatched cottage with its cottage garden (in a Surrey artist style).

Size: 12 x16 inches unframed.
Price: £420.00

WW Gill Painting

W.W. Gill (1794 – 1868)

Gill was a Ludlow-based landscape painter who exhibited 1854 to 1867 at the Royal Society of British artists, Suffolk street. Painted mostly topographical views of castles.

This interesting painting of an extensive landscape with a view of an industrial town to the distance. A number of his pictures by him hang in the Hereford museum,

Size: 8 x 10 inches unframed.
Price: £310.00

Henry Maurice Page Painting

Henry Maurice Page (1848 – 1908)

Landscape and animal painter. Lived in London and Croydon. Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1879 to 1890, but mostly at the Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk street. Titles at the Royal Academy suggest he painted birds and still life.

A fine 19th Century painting of a figure with child and geese on a country path.

Size: 20 x 30 inches unframed.
Price: £620.00

John Aborn Painting

John Aborn RBA (d. 1915)

John Aborn was a renowned landscape painter who lived in Dolwyddelan North Wales and Milford Surrey. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1885 to 1922, his subjects are mainly winter landscapes often in Wales.

This painting is a fine example of a Surrey scene in its original gilt exhibition frame. This painting was possibly exhibited at the Royal Academy.

Titled: ‘A bit of Surrey’
Size: 31.5 x 43 inches plus an exhibition gilt frame.
Price: £1,480