Artists and their work

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David Rolt - a sense of place

Palatial country houses in the English home counties, warm Italian landscapes and the wind and rain-swept countryside in the west of Ireland all feature in David Rolt's lifetime travelogue.

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David Rolt - treescapes and seascapes

Rolt’s landscape paintings, which typically feature windswept trees or rocky shores reflect the wildly fluctuating emotional climate of the artist’s life, sometimes sun-drenched, sometimes wintry-bleak.

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David Rolt - portraits

Socially well connected, David Rolt was a sought-after society portrait painter in the 1940s and ’50s. But his most original work, characterised by its strong line and sense of colour, can be seen in his portraits of close friends and family.

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Stan Smith - the human figure

Few 20th century artists display greater enthusiasm and deftness at portraying the human figure than Stan Smith. While most of his figure studies are female nudes, it is the play of light rather than eroticism that really illuminates his work.

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Stan Smith - places and spaces

Stan Smith's studies of buildings, gardens, landscapes, seascapes and all things topological are second to none in their diversity and brio, ranging across the world from Sussex to Venice, Hong Kong and South America. ***All the pictures shown here are from the artist's estate and come with a signed certificate of provenance.***

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Smith, Stan - illustrations, sketches, etc

The illustrations Stan Smith created for his popular books on painting and drawing are delightful works of art in their own right, demonstrating an extraordinary ability to turn his hand to every aspect of artistic practice with enjoyable results.

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Featured Paintings

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Tying up the hair

The female figure illuminated by natural light is a regular theme of Stan Smith's work

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Church tower, possibly in Wiltshire

Bringing lightness of touch to English Gothic architecture

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Lillies

A stylish illustration from one of Stan Smith's books on drawing and painting

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Late afternoon treescape (limited edition)

David Rolt painted portraits for a living and painted trees for love.

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Mel, the Titanic captain's daughter

The older woman in his life

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Balcony view, Chateau de Frucourt

A favoured guest at country houses, In England and in France

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