Charles Burton Barber - Sisters of Charity -  Richard Taylor Fine Art

   Sisters of Charity by Charles Burton Barber.

We at Richard Taylor Fine Art would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a healthy and happy 2024. 

The above British Victorian exhibited painting seems the perfect Christmas image and we just love it. It's unashamedly sentimental and just gorgeous. Barber often painted children and dogs so this is a little bit different and just perfect for this time of year.  It was painted by Barber in 1871 and exhibited at the Royal Academy that year. Have a look at our website and you'll find this painting and many other lovely paintings to while away some time between eating and more eating over christmas. Why not treat yourself to start the new year off on a good note. 

With best wishes from all at RTFA

This beautiful and impressive Royal Academy exhibited British Impressionist landscape oil painting is by noted artist Frederick Gordon Crosby. It was painted and exhibited in 1921 and depicts Mullion Cove and its harbour in Cornwall. Mullion Cove is situated on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula and is a small sandy beach, mostly covered at high tide, beside the historic lifeboat station and picturesque Mullion harbour. The cove is now looked after by the National Trust and the photograph of the harbour on their website is from a very similar angle to our painting and largely unchanged. Although Crosby is best known for his automobile illustrations he was also a very talented landscape painter, painting in the Scottish highlands and in Cornwall.  Two of his three Royal Academy exhibits were of coastal landscapes, of Lelant, exhibited in 1917 and Mullion Cove in 1921, both in Cornwall. Spending time in the West Country, Crosby may well have had connections to the Newlyn School artists in Cornwall, several of whom came from the West Midlands. The painting is a superb marine oil painting of Mullion harbour and vessels in the foreground with figures on the harbour wall. Beyond is the vast range of cliffs, the sea breaking against the rocks and seagulls wheeling over head.  The rich palette of blues and greens has the wonderful Cornish School hues and the brushwork is superb. This is a fantastic example of Crosby's work, painted for the sheer enjoyment of painting and was no doubt well received at the Royal Academy in 1921. 

Signed lower right. 
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We visited the Van Gogh exhibition in Amsterdam April 2023. Fantastic!. We also went to the Rilksmuseum, MOCO and Rembrandts House and Muritshuis in the Hague which was definately worth the effort to get there by train. Worth knowing that if you get at I amsterdam card for the week you still need to book time slots for the galleries. The botanical gardens are included and a canal trip which was surprisingly entertaining. 
Annie Swynnerton - Millicent Fawcett - Richard Taylor Fine Art WEBAnnie Louisa Swynnerton - Portrait of Suffragist Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett.

This painting has now found its forever home in the Parliament Art Collection at the Palace of Westminster, London.

This superb British late 19th century portrait oil painting is by noted and well exhibited Victorian born female artist Annie Louisa Swynnerton. The portrait is of Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929). A statue commemorating the life of the suffragist, Millicent Fawcett, was unveiled opposite Parliament in London, March 2021. She campaigned for women's right to vote during the early 20th Century and is seen as one of the most influential feminists of the past 100 years. The bronze casting, by the artist Gillian Wearing, is the first statue of a woman erected in Parliament Square. Swynnerton's portrait of Fawcett demonstrates her connection to key figures in the Women's Movement. In this painting Fawcett wears the robes of the University of St Andrews, the institution that awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in Law (LLD) for services to education in 1899. It is likely this painting was to commemorate this occasion. There is a another similar version of this painting in the book on Annie Swynnerton which is owned by the Tate Gallery. Swynnerton's faithfulness to her middle aged sitter's appearance is demonstrated here, as she clearly shows the well earned lines on Fawcett's face. It is a superb portrait by a Victorian female artist of one of the most influential feminists in Great Britain's history.
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Welcome to another news page at Richard Taylor Fine Art.

So what have we been up to lately? Well we recently had a day trip to Manchester Art Gallery to see the wonderful Annie Louisa Swynnerton exhibition as we have two of our paintings on loan to them for this year's exhibition. Jebsa - Roma Lady - Swynnerton's first known oil painting, painted in 1874 and The Debutante painted in 1891. The portrait is believed to be Elizabeth 'Elsie' Ebsworth who became a prominent society hostess and unusually for her class, a singer. She was later painted by Singer Sargent and Sickert.

Swynnerton (1844-1933) was a 19th century Victorian artist and active in the women's suffrage movement. She was elected the first female associate member of the Royal Academy in 1922 aged 78 which prompted a retrospective of her work at the Manchester Art Gallery in 1923, ensuring her legacy. It was a good experience to see our paintings in the museum context as part of the exhibition. If you would like to see the exhibition it runs until January 6th, is free and is well worth a visit.

If you are interested in our two paintings then please get in touch at or you can view our Annie Swynnerton paintings on our website:

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