19th-Century European Paintings & Works of Art, Featuring An Independent Eye: Property from Jack Kilgore & Co. (Lots 11-47)

19th-Century European Paintings & Works of Art, Featuring An Independent Eye: Property from Jack Kilgore & Co. (Lots 11-47)

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An Independent Eye: Property from Jack Kilgore & Co.

Joseph Edward Southall, R.W.S., R.B.S.A., N.E.A.C.

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May 22, 09:00 PM GMT

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8,000 - 12,000 USD

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An Independent Eye: Property from Jack Kilgore & Co.

Joseph Edward Southall, R.W.S., R.B.S.A., N.E.A.C.

British 1861 - 1944

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signed with monogram and dated lower left: ES/1928; further titled, inscribed and dated on the reverse: PORTRAIT OF BESSIE & TODDIE / watercolour on vellum/ Joseph Southall 1928

watercolor on vellum

canvas: 14 ½ by 10 ¾ in.; 36.7 by 27.5 cm

Mrs. A E Southall

Her sale: Edwards Birmingham, 23 March 1948, lot 249

Sale: Sotheby’s, Belgravia, 19 March 1979, lot 17

The Fine Art Society, London

Mr. & Mrs. Alan Fortunoff


Total gallery cost: $12,000

"Up Front," The Observer Colour Magazine: March 18, 1979, p. 23.

Fine Art Society, Sixty Works by Joseph Southall, 1861-1944 from the Fortunoff Collection, London, 2005, pp 98-99, illustrated, no. 23.

London, NEAC, Summer Exhibition, 1928, no. 99

Birmingham, Royal British Society of Artists, Autumn Exhibition, 1928, no. 143

Paris, Société National des Beaux-Arts, Salon, 1929, no. 1573

London, Leicester Galleries, Joseph Southall, 1931, no. 46

Birmingham, Royal British Society of Artists, Joseph Southall, 1933, no. 57

Birmingham; London, Royal Watercolor Society and Bournemouth, Memorial Exhibition, 1945, no. 65

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Fine Art Society, Joseph Southall 1861–1944: Artist-Craftsman, 1980, no. E12

A principal figure in the 19th- and early 20th-century revival of painting in tempera, Joseph Southall was the leader of the Birmingham Group of Artists-Craftsmen, one of the last outposts of Romanticism in the visual arts, and an important link between later Pre-Raphaelites and the turn of the century Slade Symbolists.


Southall was born in Nottingham in 1861 and spent his early career in Birmingham, where he studied at the Birmingham School of Art, an institution steeped in the spirit of John Ruskin and the Arts and Crafts movement. After this, the artist undertook several tours in Europe and in 1883 he spent 13 weeks in Italy, where the art he encountered had a profound impact on his choice of materials. On his return to Birmingham, Southall conducted his first experiments in tempera painting, having admired Italian frescoes painted with that technique.


In 1893, Southall's increasingly successful works in tempera received the support of Edward Burne-Jones, who submitted Southall's work for exhibition alongside his own. Southall's choice of medium was heavily informed by his Arts and Crafts belief that the physical act of creation was as important as the act of design. Besides tempera, the artist also painted in a variety of other laborious media, including that of watercolor on vellum, as in the present portrait of the artist's wife, Bessie, with their cat, Toddie.