A SET OF FOUR FRAMED LARGE ENGRAVED PRINTS.. VERITABLE SOCIAL COMMENTARY DOCUMENTS.. if you will.. early 19th century scenes featuring early Victorian Gentlefolk.. enfranchised... in their progressing, civilised, evolving culture.. to vote in the evolving society.. in their somewhat idyllic, comfortable, lively settngs... in this treasured period of progress. This estate, fought for... arguably earned, over centuries of adversity.. to an arrived at priviledged World presence.... Appreciate the Rockwellian social detail..
PASSING the PORT : one can imagine the visitors horses tethered outside..pawing, snorting, awaiting the trot home in the moonlight to the rectory or manor house..owls and foxes going about their affairs....except that none of the guests are wearing riding boots...!
A MEETING WITH THE LAWYER : Backdropped by his filing system....his essential manageable chaos..working with ability, knowhow and effect...the laboriously prepared documents under scrutiny, the fine chimneypiece, the practical, functional and understated quality but new furniture, new in those days.. everything in this room, probably in somewhere like Bedford Square, so comforting to the 21st century eye. Hopefully not discussing divorce formalities...
"Entered according to Act of Congress in the office of the librarian of Congress at Washington New York, the British Art publishers Union limited 15 East Seventeenth Street printed in London by J. Broocker & Co. "
"London, published in 1895 by L.H Leferre 1st King Street, St James L.W. the proprietor."
THE OLD SOLDIER / SQUIRE : Re living Waterloo... at table with his pals.. the Butler, the Irish Linen tablecloth cleared to relate a battle manoever, the embossed leather Dutch draft screen...paravent... and imbibing.
And then the elderly Squires gracious Lady with her younger companion with the fourposter bed quilt.. their fabrics...which women relate to still today, so focused , knowingly, and beguilingely.
Elegantly simple civilised Humanity like this ... so hauntingly atttactive, desireable..producing in todays language a considerable feel good factor.
English early 20th century.