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Geoffrey Robert Russell b.1902

Photograph of a painting by Robert Russell

Pardon, Brittany

Oil on canvas, 15 x 22. Signed by the artist, monogram RR
Provenance: Artists studio; Lacewing Fine Art, Marlborough

Price: 650

Russell was born in Hayes, Kent and studied at St. John's Wood Art School; Westminster School of Art under Walter Bayes, Meninsky and Schwabe, and under Walter Sickert at Highbury in 1927. He exhibited at the Goupil Gallery; the Redfern Gallery; New English Art Club; the Royal Academy and other important venues. He is represented in the permanent collection of the Royal West of England Academy. He lived in Dorset and was a regular broadcaster on the arts. Pardon scenes were a favourite topic with the Breton school, and usually offered the opportunity to record a very colourful spectacle. The approach to perspective in this particular work is very inventive. The foreground figures dwarf the church in the background, which in turn dwarfs the procession as it makes it way from the chapel towards the spectators.


Stanley Pettigrew b.1927

Photograph of a painting by Stanley Pettigrew.

A Lake Amongst the Benns, Connemara

Oil on canvas laid on board 20 x 30 inches. Signed by the artist

Price: 2,200

Stanley Pettigrew is best known as a painter of the Wicklow landscape but he is at his best on his annual excursions to to Connemara. By the time he first held a brush in his hand, he had become enthralled with the special quality of light and spectacular subject of the West of Ireland. He went to school in Sligo and in the early days took a keen interest in carpentry. However, it was during the summer holidays, when he was about fourteen years of age, that he met the man who was about to change his interests completely. This was Jim Heuston, a confirmed Republican and extremely colourful character, who had been twice imprisoned during the 1916 rising and again in 1922. By 1941, Heuston was working as a sign painter in Sligo but he also had an interest in landscape painting. He encouraged Stanley to accompany him on his expeditions and so began a painting career, which continues to this day. During these journeys around the Yeats Country, his great love of the open countryside developed. In common with many other artists who had gone before him, he was fascinated by the massive cloud formations and their reflections on water.

This lake scene in the heart of the Benns is a fine example of his work and and is typical of the isolated locations Stanley seeks out on his excursions. He captures the vastness of the mountain range while displaying at the same time a local intimacy of peace and tranquillity depicted in a splendid range of harmonious colour.


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