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

Born in Yorkshire in 1915 David Rolt was one of the most sought-after English portrait and landscape painters of the 1940s and ’50s. From the early 1940s his landscapes and portraits – characterized by their bold line and use of colour - were being shown at the Royal Academy and New English Art Club. Rolt’s portrait subjects included some of the most celebrated figures in British society of the war and post-war years, including Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris, the magnate Nubar Gulbenkian, the politician and writer Harold Nicolson, Viola Duchess of Westminster, and actress Valerie Hobson.

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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. Stan Smith was born in 1929 and grew up in a working class family in Hull. Apart from his natural talent for drawing, which he showed early on, few would have predicted the rough, tough baker's son would become Head of Fine Art at Oxford's Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Honorary Life President of The London Group, Member of the Royal Watercolour Society, Chairman of the Chelsea Arts Club - and a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy. While most of his figure studies are female nudes, and the artist himself was an ebulliently heterosexual man, eroticism actually plays just a very minor role. It is light rather than lust that illuminates his work.

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Stan Smith - places and spaces

While Stan Smith may be best known for his painting of the human figure, his studies of buildings, gardens, landscapes, seascapes and all things topological are second to none in their diversity and brio. Among them you will find locations, such as Venice, that are beloved by almost all artists, great cities like Hong Kong and Prague, as well as the places where he had his studios such as Twickenham in west London and Sussex on the south coast of England. ***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

Stan Smith was a very prolific artist; as well as the figurative fine art he is best known for, he also produced and illustrated a wide range of teaching and guide books about painting and drawing. The illustrations he created are delightful works of art in their own right and demonstrate Stan's extraordinary ability to turn his hand to every aspect of artistic practice with enjoyable results. Once they had served their purpose in the making of the book, they were filed away in his plan chests - and only came to light again when we were going through his estate. These were not works that Stan envisaged would appear on the walls of a gallery or a private collector's home, but they are a kind of treasure trove: more than two hundred sketches, drawings and paintings on a multitude of subjects: figure studies, animals, landscapes, buildings, fruit and vegetables - you name it! When it came to deciding how best to display Stan's work online, we decided that these works should be shown in a category of their own. We have also included some of his early and/or experimental work. We have been able to identify many as illustrations for his books such as *The Complete Watercolour Course, Oil Painting* *Workbook, Drawing and Sketching, How to draw and paint landscapes,* etc. Most of these popular books are still easy to find - and provide a unique provenance for the work in question.

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Featured Paintings

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Country chapel

An unusual little church painted when the artist was living in Sussex

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Tiger lillies

An elegant illustration from one of Stan Smith's popular books on drawing and painting

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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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Avenue at St Remy

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

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Woman in a red shirt

Portrait of a strong woman, identity unknown

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Balcony view, Chateau de Frucourt

Be a guest at the finest country houses, In England and in France

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