english portraits

“Portrait of Maria Walpole, Countess Waldergrave, later H.R.H Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh” (1765) (detail) by Francis Cotes (1726-1770).


Frank Dicksee (Francis Bernard Dicksee) (1853–1928, Engand)

Medievalist paintings

Frank Dicksee was a prominent English Victorian painter and illustrator. The son of Thomas Francis Dicksee, a noted painter of Shakespearean characters, he is best known for his pictures of dramatic literary, historical, and legendary scenes. He also was a noted painter of portraits of fashionable women, which helped to bring him success in his own time.

His style was not fully within other popular modes of the time, such as Pre-Raphaelism or Neoclassicism, and can be seen as a fusion of various methods and aesthetics of his time, including later in life utilising post-Romantic techniques such as lighter brushwork and softer shades.



1949 Mercury

DeluxeFrame Off Restored Convertible 350 V8 TH350 with A/C.

One of the greatest cruiser bodies of all time, the ‘49 Mercury stands head and shoulders above its contemporaries. About the only cooler way to go than a chopped top is a drop top like the one you see here: A bright tangerine custom with a white top and interior, wide whites, wire wheels - this is the car to cruise the Miracle Mile!

Open the solid doors and get in. You’re treated to wall-to-wall pearl white vinyl, typical in feel and pattern for 1960’s hot rods. The body color dash holds more pin-striping and a brace of VDO gauges and the requisite tissue dispenser. Of course, dispensing tissues loses its appeal after a while, but the hidden Clarion CD player behind won’t! A GM tilt column sports custom billet knobs and stalks and is topped by the white steering wheel with its bow tie shaped center ring. The carpeting is done in orange with white piping, again in the classic hot rod tradition. Custom door panels in white with orange carpeting at the bottoms hold the power window switches; the original, re-chromed door tops are back in place. There’s plenty of room to spread out on the dual power front seats, there are flip-out cup holders in the armrest, and the big back seat is good for full size adults. Open the trunk and see the interior styling found its way in - orange carpeting, white side trim and even a white spare tire carrier are back here! Quality rods like this one stand out by their attention to detail!

Open the hood and check out the docile Chevrolet 350 inside. There’s a nice burble from the exhaust at idle, and there’s plenty of torque, but it’s no race car - this is a vehicle to be seen in, after all. Edelbrock valve covers and a polished aluminum air cleaner dominate your initial view until you refocus on the polished stainless firewall and radiator covers. Flexible chromed hose covers and finned spark plug covers add sparkle and look period correct. There’s a Professional Products polished intake manifold and Edelbrock carb setup for fuel and a Mallory distributor and Taylor wireset for spark. The battery’s moved to the trunk, there’s an electric pusher fan up front to keep the temps down and a new brake booster and master cylinder on the firewall for sure stops. All wiring is hidden, further enhancing the car’s clean look. Some flash, adequate go power and a nostalgic feel? Superb! RK Motors.

Olga (1936). David Jagger (English, 1891-1958). Oil on canvas.

A harmonious ensemble of colour with a limited palette which is daringly original. The neutral background and black clothing provide a focus to the face while the splashes of red bring interest.


Thomas Francis Dicksee (1819–1895, Engand)

Characters from Shakespeare

Thomas Francis Dicksee was an English painter, primarily a portraitist and painter of historical, genre subjects — often from Shakespeare. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1841 until the year of his death. His brother John Robert Dicksee was also a painter, and his children, Frank and Margaret likewise became painters. In The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Herbert Dicksee is given as his son also, but according to the City of London School, where Herbert taught, he was the son of John Robert Dicksee.