Early morning mist of late summer in Shropshire

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Early morning mist clinging to the Shropshire fields photographed by Anthony J Sargeant at 5.42am on the 27th August 2017 during his early morning bike ride along the quiet country lanes around his home. Wonderful ever changing English landscape.

 

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Shorty the cat

Perched on the back of the sofa and looking very furry – this is Shorty. An ‘inheritance’ of Anthony J Sargeant from his daughter when she moved out from the family home into a flat and could not take ‘her’ pet with her. Thanks for that Lucy! But other parents will recognise the syndrome and sympathize. […]

via Cats – who understands them? — TONY Anthony SARGEANT

Detail from a portrait etching by William Strang RA in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant

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JB Clark shown above in a detail from a portrait etching was a collaborator of the Scottish artist and etcher William Strang RA. The powerful portrait etching in in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant.

Born in 1859 Strang became a Royal Academician in 1921 the year he died.

He enrolled at the Slade School of Art in London in 1876, aged seventeen, and studied under the school’s newly-appointed professor, the French Realist Alphonse Legros (1837–1911). Legros had introduced a continental style of teaching which focused on the importance of fine draughtsmanship and drawing from life. Having been a leading member of the etching revival in France, Legros also introduced an etching class. Strang clearly excelled here, and served as Assistant Master in the etching class for two years after graduating. Legros’s teaching, and his ideas, had a profound and lasting influence on the young artist, who described his old master as ‘the greatest teacher that ever lived, because he was the greatest artist who ever taught’.

Slightly disturbing etching entitled ‘The Visit’ in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant

During his lifetime, Dumbarton-born William Strang (1859 – 1921) built up an international reputation as a highly skilled and imaginative printmaker, portraitist and painter. His diverse subjects ranged from the fantastic to the very real, including uncompromising depictions of contemporary life and the effects of poverty and social injustice, landscapes, subjects from the bible, bewildering allegories, and narrative illustrations. He was also a prolific and highly successful portraitist.

via Etching ‘The Visit’ by William Strang RA in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant — TONY Anthony SARGEANT

Anthony Sargeant owns this pencil drawing by G F Watts – to be sold at auction – Bonhams New Bond Street 27th September 2017

Much better illustration will be in Bonhams catalogue – the subject is Mary O’Brien who married Charles Perceval a descendant of Spencer Perceval – the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated. Initialled GFW and dated 1850

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Lunch is served

lunch of baby squid pieces on green salad with wild garlic pesto black olive tapenade, greenolive tapenade and spicy pepper luteniza on toast

Lunch prepared by Anthony Sargeant on 16th April 2017. Squid pieces on green salad with homemade wild garlic pesto, black olive tapenade, greenolive tapenade and spicy pepper luteniza on toast quarters. The wild garlic for the pesto gathered by Tony from the quiet wooded lanes around his Shropshire home

Ancient Oak Tree in Shropshire, England

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This ancient oak stands at the T junction of two lanes just a little way from the Shropshire home of Anthony Sargeant. The lanes around this part of Shropshire are punctuated with old Oak trees. From time to time in high winds branches will break off but otherwise they stand solid and naturally gaunt. Just about to burst into new growth as the leaf buds open in mid-April. (yesterday when this photograph was taken it was Easter Saturday – 15th April 2017)