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    Sale 4968

    Oak, Country Furniture and Works of Art

    7 November 2006, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 48

    A GEORGE SMART FELT PICTURE 'THE EARTH STOPPER'

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE SMART FELT PICTURE 'THE EARTH STOPPER'
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Applied felt on watercolour paper background, the frame with original paper label by George Smart of Frant 'Artist in cloth and velvet figures to his Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex' together with an an amusing printed verse relating the story of the Earth Stopper
    12¾ x 17¼in. (32.5 x 44cm.) overall


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    The artist George Smart (d.1846) was by trade a tailor in the village of Frant, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. He made pictures and figures out of scraps of left-over cloth. He became very popular and supplied pictures to Queen Victoria's uncle, the Duke of Sussex. His pictures often included portraits of local figures. COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
    James Ayres, British Folk Art, Barrie and Jenkins, London 1976, Overlook Press, Woodstock, N.Y. 1977. P.88.
    Margaret Gill, Proffessor of Perculiar Art, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Publication.

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