Bernard Sleigh

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SLEIGH Bernard The Garden Of Enna

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Bernard Sleigh - A Maiden Walking Alone Hears A Cry And Searching About Findeth Alittle Child

Bernard Sleigh - A Maiden Walking Alone Hears A Cry And Searching About Findeth Alittle Child

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Bernard Sleigh (1872-1954) A Maiden walking alone hears a cry and searching about findeth alittle child signed with monogram (lower left) and inscribed as titled (lowercentre, in the margin) pen and black ink, heightened with white, the child's head on anattached sheet 8½ x 5¾ in. (21.7 x 14.5 cm.) Provenance with Julian Hartnoll, London. Lot Notes Sleigh's apprenticeship to a commercial process engraver was todetermine his later career, for he was adopted as the chief woodengraver to the artists of the Birmingham School. He was consideredthe most visionary of the Birmingham artists and Sleigh'scommission to illustrate George MacDonald's second Phantastes in1894 was thus an appropriate one. The present drawing is aprojected illustration for this publication.
Bernard Sleigh - Valkyrie

Bernard Sleigh - Valkyrie

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Bernard Sleigh, R.B.S.A. (1872-1954)
Valkyrie
Add. Notes: oil on canvas 48 x 16 in. (122 x 40.6 cm.)
Notes: La Danseuse au Soleil noir is related to the later print Le Cracheur de Flammes (D. 650), but is presented in a landscape rather than a portrait format, and also bears differences in the background colours. This is confirmed by the certificate written in pencil by the director of the Fondació Miró on the reverse of the sheet. As this is the Bon í  Tirer impression for an edition which was not executed, it may be presumed to be unique.
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Bernard Sleigh - The Sunset Angel

Bernard Sleigh - The Sunset Angel

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Bernard Sleigh, R.B.S.A. (1872-1954) The Sunset Angel oil on canvas, unframed 57½ x 30½ in. (146.2 x 77.4 cm.) Exhibited Bournemouth, Russell Cotes Art Gallery, Exhibition of Works ofArt by Eminent Living Artists, 1945 Bradford, City of Bradford Art Gallery, 59th Spring Exhibition,1952, no. 122 Birmingham, Birmingham City Musuem and Art Gallery, Masterly Art(Birmingham School of Art 1884-1920), 1987 Bernard Sleigh was born in Birmingham, where he both studied andtaught at the Birmingham School of Art. Exhibiting at the RoyalBirmingham Society of Arts, Sleigh was strongly influenced by SirEdward Coley Burne-Jones, as the current lot illustrates. With astrong pre-Raphaelite, medieval and Christian sentiment to hiswork, the multi-faceted artist's legacy can also be found inmurals, stained-glass, wood-cuts and book illustrations.
Bernard Sleigh - The Garden Of Enna

Bernard Sleigh - The Garden Of Enna

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Bernard Sleigh (1872-1954) The Garden of Enna signed with monogram (lower right) tempera on board 12 x 15½ in. (30.5 x 39.4 cm.) Lot Notes Bernard Sleigh worked as a mural decorator, stained glassdesigner and as chief wood engraver to fellow polymaths of theBirmingham school, including Joseph Southall and Arthur Gaskin.Stephen Wildman calls Sleigh 'the most visionary' of the group inhis catalogue to the 1990 exhibition The Birmingham School(Birmingham City Art Gallery). Enna is the mythical location where Pluto captures Ceres's daughterProsperine and takes her to the Underworld; afterwards she returnsfor the spring of each year.
Bernard Sleigh - The Annunciation

Bernard Sleigh - The Annunciation

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Bernard Sleigh (1872-1954) The Annunciation signed with monogram (lower right) tempera on panel 9 x 9 in. (22.9 x 22.9 cm.) Lot Notes Sleigh was a member of the Birmingham Group and a passionate admirer of Burne-Jones, a native of the city who did much to determine the Group's artistic values by his own example and his influential visit to the Municipal School of Arts and Crafts in 1885. Sleigh's work often echoes that of his hero, and this characteristically off-beat rendering of the Annunciation is no exception. The chair on the right is based on those of King Arthur's knights in The Summons to the Quest, the first of the set of Holy Grail tapestries which were designed by Burne-Jones and made by Morris & Co. in the early 1890s: while the conception of the angel, holding something (lily flowers?) between his hands, seems to derive from that of the angel in The Star of Bethlehem, the colossal watercolour commissioned from Burne-Jones by Birmingham Corporation for the new City Art Gallery and completed in 1891. Sleigh is known to have revered this picture, placing flowers in front of it on Burne-Jones's birthday, and he was clearly fascinated by the figure of the angel; another watercolour in which it finds a reflection was included in the Last Romantics exhibition at the Barbican in 1989, no. 95 (illustrated in catalogue). Perhaps the explanation lies partly in his preoccupation with fairies. He admitted that he believed in them, and they feature in many of his designs.
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