Well painted, original oil, circle of Charles Cattermole, painted circa 1880. Depicting an interior view of Chastleton House in Oxfordshire, during the English Civil War period, a female figure lookind out of the window. Unsigned, faintly inscribed on the stretcher, "Chastleton". Oil on canvas, in the original gilt moulded gesso on wood frame, with modern replacement gilt slip.
Painting in good overall condition; some stable craquelure across the canvas, a small (3mm) hole upper right (see photos) frame in sound condition, with some old repairs to the moulding on one section (see photos). Please excuse the light reflection from the varnish - this is not on the painting itself. Image size; 28cm x 38.5cm, frame size 43.5cm x 54cm.Chastleton House is a Jacobean country house situated at Chastleton, Oxfordshire, England, close to Moreton-in-Marsh (grid reference SP2429). It has been owned by the National Trust since 1991 and is a Grade I listed building. Chastleton House is famous for an episode from the English Civil War in which a loyal wife duped (and drugged) Roundhead soldiers to save her husband. Arthur Jones was a Royalist and had been fighting for Charles II but the troops were defeated by Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester in 1651 and Arthur galloped back to Chastleton with Cromwell's soldiers in hot pursuit. His quick-witted wife, Sarah hid him in the secret closet over the porch and although the pursuing soldiers found his exhausted horse in the stables they couldn't find him. Sarah saved Arthur's life by lacing the soldiers' beer with laudanum and saddling up one of their horses for his escape as the soldiers slumbered. Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612, for Walter Jones, who had made his fortune from the law, although his family were originally Welsh wool merchants. The estate was bought in 1604 from Robert Catesby, although his residence was demolished to make way for the new house and no traces of the original building on this spot remain. The house is built of Cotswold stone, around a small courtyard, called the Dairy Court. Charles Cattermole RBA, RI, ROI 1832 - 1900. British historical painter in oils and watercolours. Charles Cattermole was part of the wave of Victorian artists who were interested in reconstituting the Britain of the past in their pictures, combining an imaginative and lively vision of history with an antiquarian attention to period detail in such matters as costume, accessories and setting.
Cattermole was heavily influenced by his uncle, George Cattermole, a successful watercolourist and illustrator of Walter Scott, who specialised in historical genre. Despite the narrow focus of his art, Cattermoles brush encompassed various distant eras in British history, his subjects ranging from the monastic and military life of the Middle Ages to swashbuckling incidents from the Civil War. His antiquarian bent enabled him to recreate the backdrop of historical anecdote with accuracy and fidelity.Cattermole exhibited his work at many of the principle London and provincial galleries of his day including the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He was elected to the RBA in 1876, the RI in 1870 and the ROI in 1883. The works he now exhibits are, for the most part, interiors of churches, castles and baronial halls, which are in each case the scenes of stories so diversified in sentiment, incident, and character as to possess all the requisite freshness and variety of interest. In the uniform skill with which he treats a number of dissimilar subjects there is conclusive evidence not only of the artists versatility of fancy but of a still rarer gift his capacity to adapt his manner to his theme.
The item "Chastleton House, Civil War. Original Oil, circle of Charles Cattermole c1880" is in sale since Wednesday, March 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings".sayer" and is located in Leyburn.
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