Homemade Pizza – easy to make and delicious

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Anthony J Sargeant made this pizza at home – good crisp crust and topping of own choosing – good fast ‘street’ food.

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Buildwas Abbey near Ironbridge, Shopshire, England.

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This photograph taken by Anthony J Sargeant in 2011 shows an archway in  the ruined 12th century Cistercian Abbey close to Ironbridge in Shropshire.

Although without a roof the basic structure of this magnificent church is intact.

The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary and St Chad was founded in 1135 by Roger de ClintonBishop of Coventry (1129–1148) as a Savignac monastery and was inhabited by a small community of monks from Furness Abbey. The stone from which it was built was quarried in the nearby settlement of Broseley.

The abbey was closed in 1536 by the order of Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Anthony J Sargeant owns this portrait etching of Ernest Sichel by the Scottish Artist William Strang, RA.

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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.

Somewhat eerie etching by William Strang RA in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant

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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.

via Etching ‘The Visit’ by William Strang RA in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant — TONY Anthony SARGEANT

Detail of Oil Painting owned by Anthony Sargeant of a Child seated on a Shetland Pony

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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 Sargeant owns this delightful oil painting of a Child seated on Shetland Pony – to be sold at Bonhams Knightsbridge saleroom 21st November 2017

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Anthony Sargeant comments that the painting by JJ Hill is in excellent condition and there will be a better illustration in the Bonhams catalogue – It is a charming painting – the Shetland Pony has a mischievous glint in its eye

JJ Hill – Victorian Painter – large Oil Painting – Child seated on a Shetland Pony accompanied by a dog in a landscape

Supper of flaked Arbroath Smokie baked in a potato dauphinoise with courgette and pakchoi

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supper of arbroath smokies potato dauphinoise with courgette and pakchoi

A delicious recipe from Rick Stein’s excellent book ‘Seafood Lovers’ Guide. For those who don’t know Arbroath Smokies are a delicacy from the East Coast of Scotland. They are small haddock which are traditionally hot-smoked in a kiln over hardwood chips – thus they are already cooked and ready to eat. In this recipe used by Anthony Sargeant the meat has been flaked from the bone and skin and incorporated in layers with potato dauphinoise to be baked in the oven. It is delicious comfort food. Here it is served with a few stir fried courgette and pakchoi pieces.