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Diana and Actaeon, oil on canvas, 150x127cm
In Greek mythology Diana was the virgin huntress and one of the twelve gods and goddesses of Olympus. She was also identified with the moon goddess Luna, and as such she wears a crescent moon on her b...
Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-1828), Coastal Scene with Fishing Boats, oil on canvas, 40x60cm
Richard Parkes Bonington was born in Arnold near Nottingham in 1802, but moved to Calais with his family at the age of 15. His father, also called Richard, was a provincial drawing-master and painter....
Attributed to David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690), Tavern Scene, oil on canvas, 30x24cm
This painting features a theme that was most popular in 17th century Flemish art - drinking and dancing merry-making peasants, portrayed at feasts or in taverns. In his lifetime Teniers was recognised...
Charles Beale II (1660-1714), Portrait of a Man, 1684, oil on canvas, 65x63cm
Dating to 1684, the featured portrait is by Charles Beale, who hailed from a family of painters. Both his maternal grandfather and his father were amateur painters, and his mother, Mary Beale (1633-16...
Edward Lear (1812-1888), Fomm ir-Rih, 1866, watercolour and pen on paper, 24x45cm
Lear (1812-1888) was an English artist, author and traveller, who today is probably best known for his Nonsense verses, and the whimsical poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’. Throughout his life, Lear tra...
Mattia Preti (1613-1699), Lucretia Stabbing Herself, oil on canvas, 209x155cm
One of the most important paintings in this collection is Lucretia Stabbing Herself by Mattia Preti, which was attributed by Professor John Spike, a noted authority on this artist. The story of Lucret...
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