'COACH SCENE PAINTING'     BY JOHN STURGESS  -  SKU183

'COACH SCENE PAINTING' BY JOHN STURGESS - SKU183

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Artist Biography:


John Sturgess (fl. 1864-1903) was a hunting and racing artist and lithographer who worked mainly for the Illustrated London News between 1875 and 1885, and also exhibited widely in the London galleries, in particular at the Royal Society of British Artists and also at the Royal Hibernian Society in Dublin. He was known for being an accomplished illustrator of books and magazines, but is probably best remembered for his portrait of "Blair Athol", the winner of the Derby in 1864. [1]

From the description on the rear of the picture:


This Picture represents the Omnibus driven by Mr. G. O. Springfield on Tuesdays and Saturdays, between Erpingham and the Maid's Head Hotel, Norwich, a distance of 15 3/4 miles.

"MOLLIE", the off wheeler, was bought of CAPTAIN PIGOTT of Clover Valley, near Taghmon, Co. Wexford.

"THE COW", near wheeler, was bought of MR. ROBINSON, Horse-dealer, Norwich.

"MORIARTY", off leader, was bought of MR. LOW. V.S., Norwich. This mare was thought to be twenty-six years old at the time the picture was painted, and was a wonder for her age.

"BREEDY", near leader, was bought of MR. BALDING, of New Cross, near London.

The Portraits are MR. MRS. and MISS SPRINGFIELD, Passengers, and LILY, the Guard, OLD TOM SAUL, standing in front of the leader, drove the Cromer Coach for many years.

Christmas. 1879.

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