This wonderful painting by Vermeer is part of the collection in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Anthony J Sargeant saw it many times while he was living in The Netherlands (1985-1996). It is quite a small painting but quite exquisite. The subject is a domestic scene typical of Vermeer. It is impossible to describe the tranquility and warmth and beauty of the painting. Just look at the balance of colour with the blue of the tablecloth and the Maid’s apron anchoring the base of the painting, and ‘hear’ the milk being poured
A limited edition collotype published in L’Estampe Moderne 1897-99 in the collection of Anthony Sargeant. L’Estampe Moderne appeared in 1897-1899 as a series of 24 monthly instalments each of 4 original lithographs, priced at 3 francs 50 centimes and printed by Imprimerie Champenois of Paris. Many accomplished European painters contributed works to this publication. The richly lithographed prints had as blind stamp or embossed device, the imprint of a young woman’s profile in the lower right corner (see below).
‘The Reaper’ is an etching made by William Strang in the late 19th Century. It is one of some 25 etchings by Strang in the collection of Tony Sargeant. Most are in a portfolio and unframed although there is a famous portrait etching of Laurence Binyon which is framed and hangs in the stairwell of his Shropshire home.
Sir Frank William BrangwynRARWSRBA (12 May 1867 – 11 June 1956) was an Anglo-Welsh artist, painter, water colourist, engraver, illustrator and progressive designer. This etching sates from 1907. It was bought framed in a collection of other works including one by William Strang RA, and another Fine Art Society print, ‘Ivy’, a ‘Herkomergravure’ by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, CVO, RA, by Tony Sargeant at auction.