Adolphe Valette.1876-1942

A very rare and very early work by Adolphe Valette, “Woman & Chickens before Cottage” executed before he came to England in 1904 and showing his traditional training as an artist. The work is signed and in its original frame.

Adolphe Valette (1876-1942) was born in the industrial town of St Etienne, France and came to England in 1904. He settled in Manchester and studied at the Manchester School of Art where he later taught from 1906-1920. Amongst his students was LS Lowry.

Title: “Woman & Chickens before Cottage”

Medium: Oil on original canvas18 x 15 inches unframed /24 x 21 framed.

Signature: Signed lower right

August Johannessen 1866-1944
GEORGE OGILVY REID RSA. 1851 – 1928

SCOTTISH VICTORIAN OIL PAINTING, SIGNED, G Reid, AND DATED 85..Scottish School.

EXCELLENT SCOTTISH SCHOOL OIL PAINTING OF OLD WOMAN SITTING BESIDE THE FIRESIDE.

THIS IS A VERY ATMOSPHERIC PAINTING

PAINTING IS IN IT’S ORIGINAL FRAME.

SIGNED AND DATED LOWER LEFT.

FRAMED MEASURES: 17″ x 15″

VISIBLE IMAGE SIZE: 11 1/2″ x 9 1/2″George Ogilvy Reid was born at Leith and started out as an engraver before enrolling at The Trustees’ Academy. Known as a painter of eighteenth-century social life, he also produced land- and sea-scapes. In October 1891 Reid received a royal commission for a painting of the baptism of a grandson of Queen Victoria at Balmoral, a sketch of which is at the National Galleries of Scotland.

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Born in Leith in 1851, he originally studied to be an engraver.

He later studied art at the Trustee’s Academy on Picardy Place (the forerunner of the Edinburgh College of Art).

In October 1891 he received a Royal Commission to paint the baptism of Queen Victoria’s grandchild, Prince Maurice of Battenburg.

In 1896 he was sculpted by David Watson Stevenson.[1]

He died on 11 April 1928. He is buried near the north-west corner of Rosebank Cemetery in Edinburgh with his wife, Christian MacNab. Their daughter, Christian MacPherson Reid (d.1937) also lies with them.

William Stephen Coleman. 1829-1904

Born at Horsham, Sussex, he was one of the 12 children of the surgeon William Thomas Coleman and his wife Henrietta Dendy; the artist Helen Cordelia Coleman (1847–1884) was the fifth daughter of the family.
Coleman was unsuccessful in a career as surgeon, and turned to natural history illustration. He painted in watercolour, mainly landscapes with figures, in a style with something in common with Birket Foster, and semi-classical figure subjects, related to those by Albert Joseph Moore.
His classically-influenced works placed him in the “toga and terrace” or “marble school” with George Bulleid, W. Anstey Dollond, Norman Prescott-Davies and Oliver Rhys.


Coleman also executed etchings, occasionally worked in pastel, and painted in oil. He was a member of the original committee of management of the Dudley Gallery, contributing to the first exhibition in 1865. He continued to exhibit till 1879, and remained on the committee till 1881.[1]
In 1869 Coleman began to experiment in pottery decoration; the Mintons Art Pottery Studio in Kensington Gore was established under his direction in 1871, and he executed figure designs for Mintons ceramic ware. He died after a long illness at 11 Hamilton Gardens, St. John’s Wood, on 22 March 1904. His widow survived him.


Putti Fishing, Signed lr, lovely item, in it’s original frame, exhibition piece, measures 9 x 5 inches, the painting is behind glass.

John Emms. 1844 1912.

Emms was born in Blofield, Norfolk the son of artist Henry William Emms. He became an avid hunter and became famous for his paintings of horses, and of dogs, particularly foxhounds and terriers. He exhibited at the Royal Academy several times, beginning in 1866. His paintings are signed “Jno Emms”.
He married Fanny Primmer of Lyndhurst, Hampshire, in 1880. The couple lived in London for a time but returned to Lyndhurst in 1881 and built a large house and studio named The Firs, where Emms lived for the rest of his life. He died in Lyndhurst.
His painting of “Callum” a Dandie Dinmont Terrier hangs in the National Gallery of Scotland.
Emms is considered a painter of great ability. According to the American Kennel Club, his painting The New Forest Foxhounds is valued at an estimated $800,000-$1.2 million.

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Frank Paton 1855–1909

Stunning watercolour signed F Paton.

Frank Paton was an English artist of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, best known for his paintings of animals and scenes of rural life. He was a successful artist during his lifetime and could even count Queen Victoria as an admirer of his work. His most famous compositions, “Fairest of Them All” and “Puss in Boots” (1880), have adorned many a wall in the form of plates and posters. In addition, his series of printed Christmas cards published between 1880 and 1909 have become an affordable way for those interested in Paton’s art to begin a collection.

17 x 24 cm 29cm x 37cm inc frame