Monday, June 27, 2016

SEVERAL JOURNALS OF EDWARD EDWIN , BORN 1849 EX ROYAL NAVY PAYMASTER JAMAICA

 A COLLECTION OF JOURNALS BELONGING TO 
ABSTRACT
 EDWARD EDWIN PAYMASTER ROYAL NAVY. EDWARD WAS THE SON OF COMMANDER FELIX EDWIN AND THE BROTHER OR ROBERT ATHERTON EDWIN 
THE SET COMPRISES OF TWO OF EDWARDS JOURNALS WHILE HE WAS AT SCHOOL AT WINBOURNE MINSTER GRAMMAR SCHOOL 
A DELIGHTFUL INSIGHT INTO A VICTORIAN SCHOOLBOYS DAILY LIFE
THE THIRD JOURNAL COVERS 6 YEARS WHILE A PAYMASTER IN THE ROYAL NAVE. DESCRIBED IN DETAIL IS HIS DAILY LIFE,.THE HORRORS OF THE YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK ON HMS ABOUKIR IN 1873-1874 WHEN 48 OF HIS FELLOW OFFICERS AND MEN DIED OF THE FEVER
MANY COURT MARSHALS ARE ALSO MENTIONED. THEIR IS ALSO HIS SKETCH BOOK










































EDWARD EDWIN PORTRAIT TAKEN IN HALIFAX
EDWINS BROTHER "BOB"ROBERT ATHERTON EDWIN IS ALSO REFERED TO
 Robert Atherton Edwin was born at Camden Town, London, England, on 16 August 1839, the son of Felix Edwin, a commander in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Marianne Atherton. After attending Wimborne Minster Grammar School, Dorset, Edwin followed family tradition by joining the Royal Navy as a cadet in January 1853. As a midshipman in theAlbion during the Crimean war he was wounded at the siege of Sevastopol in October 1854. On the East Indies station in the Elk he took part in the capture of Canton (Guangzhou) in 1857. He also served in the Pacific in the Elk, and in the Salamander and Falcon on the Australian station. It was as an officer of the Falcon that he surveyed the volcanic crater of White Island on 17 March 1868.
In 1869 the Merchant Shipping (Colonial) Act made it possible for colonies such as New Zealand to grant certificates of competency to ships' officers that would be recognised throughout the empire. Edwin was offered a special appointment to the Marine Department as an additional examiner of masters and mates; he retired from the Royal Navy with the rank of commander in February 1871 and on the 18th of the same month took up his new post. In addition to examining, he was to assist in the general work of the department, undertake marine surveying and supervise compass adjusting. However, in early 1874 he was made responsible for the newly instituted weather-reporting and storm-signalling section of the department.
DETAILS OF YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK ON HMS ABOUKIR, JAMAICA 

 YELLOW FEAVER ABOURD HMS ABOUKIR


CRIMEA LANDINGS, EDWARDS BROTHER, ROBERT ATHERTON EDWIN WAS WOUNDED IN THE CRIMEA

FROM SKETCH BOOK
FROM SKETCH BOOK, "ROUNDING CAPE HORN"

FROM SKETCH BOOK
THERMOMETER CHART FROM HMS SPHINX ON VOYAGE TO HALIFAX FROM JAMAICA TO AVOID YELLOW FEVER
ONE OF HIS SCHOOL DAY JOURNALS
DITTO
RECORD OF EARTHQUAKE OCT 6 1863











FROM HIS MOTHERS DAY BOOK, POETRY, RECIPES ETC.


LORD SHAFTBURY'S FUNERAL





FROM MARIANNE EDWINS DAY BOOK
THE JOURNALS



Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jose Gurerrero, titled "Proceso" 1981 Oil and mixed media on canvas, 50 x 50 José Guerrero


JOSE GUERRERO MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS
TITLED AND DATED "PROSERO" 1981
50X50 AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE


B. 1914, GRANADA, SPAIN; D. 1991, BARCELONA
José Guerrero was born on October 29, 1914, in Granada, Spain. Guerrero painted his last figurative work, a self-portrait, in 1950. Thereafter, galvanized by Abstract Expressionism, he abandoned his figurative style for abstraction.
By the mid-1950s Guerrero’s style had become more gestural, expressing a deeper sense of urgency, as he loosened his brushstroke and introduced a controlled dripping technique. A selection of these new paintings appeared in an exhibition at Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, in 1954, marking Guerrero’s emergence as a distinctive painter within the New York school. Since moving to New York, Guerrero had become acquainted with some of the most prominent members of the American avant-garde including Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, and Theodoros Stamos.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Guerrero’s abstract style continued to evolve, as he created orderly and rhythmic vertical compositions, followed by increasingly dynamic works in which brilliant hues took the lead.
Solo exhibitions include those at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (1952); Galería Juana Mordó, Madrid (1964); Escuela de artes y oficios (1981); and Museo de arte contemporáneo, Seville (1990). Guerrero died on December 23, 1991, in Barcelona. In 1994, the Museo nacional centro de arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, organized a major retrospective of his work

Sunday, March 13, 2016

PAINTING OF A FAMILIES DOLLS AND ONE DOLL

Inscribed on reverse" By Alice Turner 1850 - 1860, painting of Alice turners dolls and some of her mothers". "the doll on the far right was sent out to New Zealand along with this painting" Watercolour, image is 37mm0 by 470mm. The dolls date back to 1680 and the one that accompanies this painting is a "Queen Anne" doll Ca 1720. Could do with a period frame.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

CARVED GOURD, THEO SCHOON CA 1965











From a Blenhiem collection, same source as my previous one, authenticated by John Perry

Born in Java of Dutch parents in 1915, sent to Holland for classical art education in Rotterdam, Schoon travelled through Europe absorbing all that the new movements could offer. Upon arrival in New Zealand in 1939 he was probably the best educated artist in the country. Schoon was an artist, photographer, potter, sculptor, greenstone carver, designer and an expert art researcher. He developed his knowledge of Maori design by going to the best Maori authorities. Often the only European invited by Maori to show his art and creations on their marae. He became an expert gourd maker. A number of his carved gourds are held in American museums. He researched the few Maori rock drawings that were then known, and began a time-consuming and physically demanding on-the-spot research in often isolated and deep caves. He recorded the rock drawings in his sketches and photographs.
Schoon undertook intense research at the same time, in to Maori design. He assembled the designs recorded by Williams, Augustus Hamilton and J H Menzies from the start of the century, and consulted with Maori elders and Tohunga. Applying aspects of Maori design to his own art, he developed a fern root spiral which became the well-known "koru". Schoon freely admitted he had adapted Maori design & was always free with his gifts to other artists.
for more information
portobello@woosh.co.nz

Thursday, February 11, 2016

EARLY RUPERT BEAR TEDDY BEAR 1930'S

 UNUSUAL EARLY RUPERT TEDDY BEAR FROM GERMAN FAMILY OVER 80 YEARS OLD STANDS AROUND 12 INCHES HIGH



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CONSTANCE WILDE'S OPERA GLASSES, A GIFT FROM FRANK HARRIS.


 Aluminium and faux tortoise shell opera glasses
inscribed

"A memento to  Constance from Frank on his first literary publication 1893"

These came from the estate of the daughter of Sir William Taylor, British Surgeon General along with correspondence from Aubrey Beardsley to Lady Louisa,  Duchess of  Devonshire.

LARGE DUTCH MICRO BEADED BAG EARLY 19TH C


HEAVY STERLING FRAME , INNER PURSE IN KID LEATHER
EARLY 19TH C HALLMARKED