Rowley Leggett was a talented female artist who exhibited for about 15 years at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Anthony J Sargeant bought this oil on panel example of her work from another dealer after an auction in Herefordshire. It has something of the feel of Cezanne in its style and is really delightful. There is very little known about her and she stopped exhibiting after the end of the First World War. Was it the consequence of being a female artist with all the hurdles that had to be overcome and then getting married ? Or was she a victim of the Spanish Flu that killed so many after the end of the First World War ? (her last known exhibited work was 1919). If anybody does have information do please let Tony know.
This delightful drawing signed and dated by the artist in 1959 is part of the collection owned by Anthony Sargeant.
Extract from The Independent obituary:-
Jehan Daly – “Jehan”, pronounced John, is medieval French in origin – was born in Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, in 1918. His father, William, was of Irish and his mother of French descent. Daly spoke good French and in his youth was fond of staying with an aunt in France.
William Daly was Principal of Kidderminster School of Art. Jehan studied with him, then from 1937 joined the Royal College of Art, where he met his lifelong friend Ward, already there for a year. Gilbert Spencer, brother of Stanley, was their painting professor, “but he had no influence on Jehan. Spencer recognised that they were both oddities, and they got on because of that.” Daly’s taste ranged from the early Italians through to the then unfashionable Edward Burne-Jones and he and Ward shared a passion for the drawings of Ingres:
After serving in the Army in WW2 Daly cobbled together a living teaching at Wimbledon and St Martin’s, selling the odd picture and illustrating for a magazine called Housewife. He was successful in mixed shows at Wildenstein’s and would be given small solo exhibitions at Agnew’s, where Evelyn Joll was an admirer.
In a lovely carved Italian frame this painting of cherubs amused Anthony Sargeant some 30 years ago when he saw it in a provincial auction. He plans to sell it through Bonhams in Knightsbridge in the next few months. If you are interested keep an eye on Bonhams listings for 19th Century art.
This is a detail of an etching made by William Strang of one of his collaborators, Ernest Sichel which is among 24 etchings owned by Anthony J Sargeant.
For the first twenty years of his career, Strang practised primarily as a printmaker. Although he did paint, he did not begin to exhibit his paintings until the early 1890s. From the mid-1890s he started to become increasingly occupied with more lucrative portrait commissions and began to shift the emphasis of his art from etching to painting and drawing. However, he continued to work as a printmaker throughout his career. In 1918 he became President of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers and in 1921 was elected an Engraver Member of the Royal Academy. He died suddenly in 1921, shortly after his election as Royal Academician.
During his lifetime, Dumbarton-born William Strang (1859 – 1921) built up an international reputation as a highly skilled and imaginative printmaker, portraitist and painter. His diverse subjects ranged from the fantastic to the very real, including uncompromising depictions of contemporary life and the effects of poverty and social injustice, landscapes, subjects from the bible, bewildering allegories, and narrative illustrations. He was also a prolific and highly successful portraitist.
A much better professional illustration of this charming picture will be in the catalogue for Bonhams sale in their Knightsbridge Saleroom 21st November 2017. Nevertheless Tony Sargeant points out the somewhat mischievous look in the eye of the Shetland Pony
Anthony J Sargeant bought this oil on board painting by Rowley Leggett.
Anthony J Sargeant bought this oil on board painting after it was auctioned at Brightwells Auction House in Leominster. Rowley Leggett was a female artist producing work at the beginning of the 20th Century. The scene in the painting is quite likely to be in East Sussex depicting a farm cottage nestled in the South Downs. It has an old label on the frame which refers to Fittleworth, East Sussex. It seems to be in its original frame – which is certainly ‘period’ – but it would probably benefit from being reframed in a less heavy and more sympathetic style.
Rowley Leggett paintings do not attract high prices but we like her style and have personal connections with her – if you have one and you are interested in selling do please let us know. We would like to build up a collection of her work.