A Concert Party, Artist Unknown
Oil on board, Dutch / Flemish School, 17th century. The painting was previously known as 'Queen Elizabeth and the Earl of Leicester at Kenilworth' and attributed to Dirk Hals (1591-1656). Hals was the brother of the more famous 17th century painter Frans Hals. He studied in Haarlem under Abraham Bloemart, and his works often depict scenes of dancing and music-making. Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was one of Queen Elizabeth's favourites. She bestowed on him his title and gifted him Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire as a mark of her affection. The event, which the painting was originally believed to depict, occurred in 1575, when the Earl of Leicester, entertained the Queen at Kenilworth. There were three weeks of revelry and banquets and the visit was much talked about at the time. Following research undertaken in 2004, doubt was cast on the painting's original attribution due to uncertainty why a Dutch painter should choose this event for a subject at least 40 years after it occurred.
Courtyard in Newlyn leading through to Myrtle Cottage, Fred Millard (1857-1937)
Oil on panel, Newlyn School, around 1890. This painting depicts the courtyard of Myrtle Cottage, where the female students of Stanhope Forbes painting school lodged before the First World War. In 1918, it became the home of Alec and Kay Walker, the founders of Crysede Silk. Fred Millard was born in London and studied in Paris under Jean-Paul Laurens in 1882, where he was a contemporary of Falmouth artist Henry Scott Tuke. A genre painter, he exhibited mainly at the Society of British Artists and at the Royal Academy. Millard was among the original first wave of Newlyn School artists and appears in the group photographs of 1884. By 1894 he had left Newlyn and moved to Hampstead. In 1896 he lived in Boreham Wood, where Tuke frequently visited him by bicycle. Tuke also mentions in his diary that Millard had a dock studio in Falmouth in 1902. It is clear he maintained a home in Falmouth while living primarily in the London area for a number of years. Later he returned, with his wife, to live on Cliff Road at Falmouth, though he continued to exhibit in London, primarily with the Royal Society of British Artists. He died in London aged 80 on 13th October 1937.
Coulson Park Flood, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. September 1993
A van from T.J. Brent, which is involved in river and road widening work in Coulson Park makes its way gingerly during the 5.9 metres high tide which caused flooding in the park. Although the flood affected the park area, the parts of the town which traditionally are prone to flooding on this occasion were fine. Lostwithiel has always had a flooding problem, especially in properties near the River Fowey. Over the years flood prevention schemes have been installed with partial success. Photographer: Jonathan Barker.
© RIC, photographer Jonathan Barker