My wife Sybilla and I returned to the Essex Suffolk border in 2013. Whilst Sybilla grew up in Gloucestershire her family lived just outside Chelmsford until about 1759 so this marked a return of sorts for her too.
On arrival we started building a new garden over about five acres which quickly became an obsession. I wrote a book about the early days "Skymeadow: Notes from an English Gardener" and was delighted to be asked to write a second "No Fear Gardening: How to Think Like a Gardener".
We are especially interested in East Anglian painting. The region is famously associated with Mary Beale, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. Philip Wilson Steer ran a school of painting at Walberswick, and he in turn influenced other painters as diverse as Ronald Ossory Dunlop and Anna Airy.
The twentieth century saw an explosion of creative energy in this region every bit as intense as the nineteenth century with Edward Seago, John Nash and the Great Bardfield and Benton End artists among others. This continues with iconic figures such as Maggi Hambling and Grayson Perry. If you own an East Anglian painting that you wish to sell please email us.
Sybilla and I buy as if for ourselves but in the knowledge that the paintings we acquire will cause our clients immense pleasure. We aim to buy from the very best of each artists’ oeuvre and we go to great lengths to ensure our stock is of the very highest quality.
Much of what we buy is informed by our love of the English countryside. With this in mind we always stock a good selection of exquisitely framed original railway posters and lithographs.
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