Thursday, 15 May 2008

Converts to the clan of collectors!

Oh how I love compliments! Thanks to "Jules and Andy" who posted this email:

Hi Chris

Just recently my partner and I made our first ever auction purchase on a picture of two quirky little owls.  We fell in love with it straight away but had no idea who the painter was.  After acquiring this little treasure we began to research it to find out more about it.  We came across your article on H B Neilson and were warmed by your enthusiasm for his work.  We now believe it to be one of his pieces and just wanted to send you a photograph of the picture in gratitude for all the research you have done on Harry and of course show that people still do appreciate his talent (even though we had no clue who he was!).

Thank You

No, Jules and Andy, thank you! . Read about Harry Neilson here - perhaps you'll catch the collecting bug.



Anonymous Jon Hatfield said...

Hi Chris. Ran across your site in a Google search of Obpacher Brothers related to search about the unknown German art publisher (speculative Obpacher) behind the U.S. Winsch postcards and unidentified UK children artists featured in that postcard group (speculatively Harriett M. Bennett & Helena Maguire, one each more or less confirmed attribution--Lizzie Mack/Lawson another possibility).

What an feast of info you have provided! This piece about an unknown Victorian animal fantasy artist is altogether a delight. I had thought the German artists (like A. Thiele) were the animal fantasy artists of choice--kind of blocked Wain, George Thompson, & Beatrix Potter out of my mind...but clearly the UK Victorians were first and best, though I treasure my German artist pieces, especially a c. 1910 International Art Publishing Co. postcard set by an unknown German artist featuring chickens & rabbits in circus scenes--not quite the character portraits of your fantastic artistor the social commentary of Wain, but delightful animal fantasy in a favorite Victorian category.

Except for later children books of a different style & intent (take that back, modeled on Beatrix Potter), strictly U.S. animal fantasy work is few and far between until Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck &, my wife reminds me, her treasured contemporary Cherished Teddies--three c. 1907 bear sets would be the main early entries in a catalog, featured as both postcard & books. There is an exceptionally endearing 1886 Prange cat fantasy Christmas card perhaps by an American artist. (I want this piece to be by Frances Brundage, but that's wishful thinking.) So many unknown Victorians of unexpected and eccentric genius--and one more now rescued for appreciation--thanks to you and the new world space of the internet.

21 May 2008 at 15:33  
Anonymous Christopher Proudlove said...

Thank you so much for your kind remarks. I'll be sure to add a link to your website and please be sure to come back often.

8 July 2008 at 15:55  

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