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Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, A.G. Sherwood Hunter (1846-1919)
Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, A.G. Sherwood Hunter (1846-1919)
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A China Clay Pit, Leswidden, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
A China Clay Pit, Leswidden, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
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The Clay Pit, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
The Clay Pit, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
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Irene, Bryan Pearce (1929-2007)
Irene, Bryan Pearce (1929-2007)
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Black John of Tetcott, James Northcote (1746-1831)
Black John of Tetcott, James Northcote (1746-1831)
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Monday, Bryan Pearce (1929-2007)
Monday, Bryan Pearce (1929-2007)
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DCLI recruiting march, Caerhays Castle, St Michael Caerhays, Cornwall. 13th July 1915
DCLI recruiting march, Caerhays Castle, St Michael Caerhays, Cornwall. 13th July 1915
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Julia Domna Silver Denarius
Julia Domna Silver Denarius
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Queen Anne Silver Shilling, England
Queen Anne Silver Shilling, England
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Copper Alloy Pre-decimal One Penny (1d) Coin, England
Copper Alloy Pre-decimal One Penny (1d) Coin, England
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Queen Victoria Jubilee Head Silver Crown, England
Queen Victoria Jubilee Head Silver Crown, England
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Gold Electrotype of the Juxon Medal, England
Gold Electrotype of the Juxon Medal, England
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Black John of Tetcott, James Northcote (1746-1831) Featured Print

Black John of Tetcott, James Northcote (1746-1831)

Oil on canvas, English School. In 1784 Northcote painted the portrait of John Arscott (1718-1788) of Tetcott, Devon, and it is probable that he painted this portrait of Black John of Tetcott at same the time. Black John was under four foot in height and suffered from kyphosis, known at the time this portrait was painted as hunchback'. The descriptions of his life, spent in the service of John Arscott, record his success as a jester and his devotion to his master'. It was common for servants lives to be overlooked and trivialised by the households they worked for and for their histories to be re-written, ensuring that they had no voice of their own. For example, it was noted that "his role as jester included swallowing and retrieving strings of live mice and mumbling sparrows, removing their feathers with his teeth while the sparrow was in his mouth. He died of grief shortly after his master." There is no history of Black John's life (not even a record of his real name) that is not in relation to that of his master'. James Northcote was born in Plymouth, the son of a watchmaker and optician. He was apprenticed to his father's trade but showed a talent for art. In 1769 he left his father's work and set up as a portrait painter. He was admitted as a pupil into the studio and house of Sir Joshua Reynolds in London as a pupil and assistant between 1771 and 1776. He came to consider himself an authority on his master and in 1813, after Reynolds death, he published his posthumous Memoirs of Sir Joshua Reynolds

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The Gullett Family, John Opie (1761-1807)
The Gullett Family, John Opie (1761-1807)
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Christ Mocked, Annie Walke (1877-1965)
Christ Mocked, Annie Walke (1877-1965)
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St Just Tin Miners, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
St Just Tin Miners, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
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First World War Victory Medal 1914-1919
First World War Victory Medal 1914-1919
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British War Medal, First World War 1914-1918
British War Medal, First World War 1914-1918
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1914-15 Star Medal, First World War 1914-1918
1914-15 Star Medal, First World War 1914-1918
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Distinguished Service Order Medal, First World War 1914-1918
Distinguished Service Order Medal, First World War 1914-1918
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Queens South Africa Medal, Second Boer War 1899-1902
Queens South Africa Medal, Second Boer War 1899-1902
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Kabul to Kandahar Star 1880, Second Anglo-Afghan War 1878-1880
Kabul to Kandahar Star 1880, Second Anglo-Afghan War 1878-1880
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Afghanistan Medal, Second Afghan War 1878-1880
Afghanistan Medal, Second Afghan War 1878-1880
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Sardinian Medal for Valour, Crimean War 1854-1856
Sardinian Medal for Valour, Crimean War 1854-1856
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India General Service Medal, Second Anglo-Burmese War / Second Burma War 1852-1853
India General Service Medal, Second Anglo-Burmese War / Second Burma War 1852-1853
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The Gullett Family, John Opie (1761-1807) Featured Print

The Gullett Family, John Opie (1761-1807)

Oil on canvas, English School, circa 1786. This family portrait by the Cornish artist John Opie, shows Christopher Gullet, Clerk of the Peace for Devon, with his wife Anne and youngest child Georgina. John Opie was born in Harmony Cottage, Trevellas, between St Agnes and Perranporth in Cornwall. He was the youngest of the five children of Edward Opie, a master carpenter, and his wife Mary (nee Tonkin). He showed a precocious talent for drawing and mathematics, and by the age of twelve he had mastered the teachings of Greek mathematician Euclid and opened an evening school for poor children where he taught reading, writing and arithmetic. His father, however, did not encourage his abilities, and apprenticed him to his own trade of carpentry. Opie's artistic abilities eventually came to the attention of local physician and satirist, Dr John Wolcot (who used the pen name Peter Pindar), who visited him at the sawmill where he was working in 1775. Recognising a great talent, Wolcot became Opie's mentor, buying him out of his apprenticeship and insisting that he come to live at his home in Truro. Wolcot provided invaluable encouragement, advice, tuition and practical help in the advancement of his early career, including obtaining many commissions for work. In 1781, having gained considerable experience as a portraitist travelling around Cornwall, Opie moved to London with Wolcot. There they lived together, having entered into a formal profit-sharing agreement. Although Opie had received a considerable artistic education from Wolcot, the doctor chose to present him as a self-taught prodigy; a portrait of a boy shown at the Society of Artists the previous year, had been described in the catalogue as "an instance of Genius, not having ever seen a picture." Wolcot introduced the "Cornish wonder" to leading artists, including Sir Joshua Reynolds, who was to compare him to Caravaggio and Velazquez

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Turkish Crimea Medal 1855, Crimean War 1854-1856
Turkish Crimea Medal 1855, Crimean War 1854-1856
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Order of the Bath (Military Class), 1869
Order of the Bath (Military Class), 1869
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Shield with 17 Campaign Medals, 1807-1918
Shield with 17 Campaign Medals, 1807-1918
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Order of the Medjidie Medal (Fifth Class), Crimean War 1854-1856
Order of the Medjidie Medal (Fifth Class), Crimean War 1854-1856
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First China War Medal, First Anglo-Chinese War 1839-1842
First China War Medal, First Anglo-Chinese War 1839-1842
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Army of India Medal, 1799-1826
Army of India Medal, 1799-1826
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Military General Service Medal, 1793-1814
Military General Service Medal, 1793-1814
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Charles Kennedy, Fowey, Cornwall. July 1992
Charles Kennedy, Fowey, Cornwall. July 1992
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Fowey Town Crier, Fowey, Cornwall. July 1992
Fowey Town Crier, Fowey, Cornwall. July 1992
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