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  1. Several Barbaro Orientalist  works have appeared on the market recently and despite their rather aged appearance have attained above their estimate price. Well worth purchasing and investing in restoration work to give the paintings a new lease of life. If anyone has undertaken such a project I would  be very interested in hearing about it.
    It is always interesting to open an old framed Barbaro painting as he often wrote the title or a description of the scene in pencil handscript on the back of the base. These notes help to fill in gaps in his meagre biography.
    If anyone has any further information on his life or details of periods spent in Egypt or the Middle East please share it on this blog.

  2. Have noticed over the last few months that the number of Barbaro paintings on the market have increased and they are consistently achieving good sales with no recorded "Unsolds". This is good news for the genre especially the still-life studies which until recently were said to be highly unfashionable. The glorious colours and sumptuous opulence of the ripe fruit have once again started to appeal to the 21st Century art lovers after three decades of neglect. The prospects for this  sector are good. If anyone has purchased a Barbaro or Dudley recently please add your comments.  

  3. Following continuing research and help from fellow collectors and enthusiasts, the title of this post can now be changed to Giovanni Barbaro aka Arthur Dudley. There has been a period of uncertainty regarding the true identity of this artist and it has generally been accepted by most authorities that an English artist named Arthur Dudley born around the 1860's specialised in still-life watercolour and gouache works. Towards the end of the century it was assumed that he became bored with this genre and created an exotic alter ego specializing in Middle Eastern scenes or perhaps that he had other reasons to leave England and reside in Egypt and Italy.
    The reality is that an Italian artist named Giovanni Barbaro, born in Amolfi Italy about 1864, decided to try his luck in England. He is recorded in the 1901 Census as a retired courier, Italian Subject, living in Southampton with his wife Amy who was a watercolour artist. It is known that they travelled to New York in 1901 and many of his Egyptian themed paintings were completed around this period. The next recorded entry is in the 1911 Census where they are listed as artists living in Kensington S.W.
    No further details of their life has been obtained at this time.
    Giovanni died in Chiswick 10th October 1915 aged 51 and Amy died in Twickenham 20th February 1937 aged 70.

    There are still many unanswered questions regarding Giovanni Barbaro and Arthur Dudley and the search will continue for more information. As requested in my earlier blogs, please contact me if you have any information regarding these "two" artists.



  4. A few customers have enquired regarding the significance or meaning of Falkingbridge1 and Falkingbridge2 so I think this is a good opportunity to explain the connection.
    The name Falkingbridge relates to my grandmother's family in the Whitby area of North Yorkshire which can be traced back through several generations to William Falkingbridge born 20th October 1777.
    The title Falkingbridge1 was selected as the Identity for my first eBay account in remembrance of my grandmother and when I progressed to another eBay business account it was a natural progression to select the Identity as Falkingbridge2. My grandmother and grandfather were particularly important in my early years and so their memory can be kept alive by the daily use of these two account names.
    Hope this helps to explain the significance of the names Falkingbridge1 and Falkingbridge2.
    Any visiting members of the Falkingbridge lineage, or relatives thereof, are welcome to contact me.
    Roger Fuller,
    Proprietor, Ranchi Art & Antiquarian Books.  


  5. With the focus of the World's attention on the MIddle East there is a growing
    interest and fascination with the works of the 19th and 20th Century Orientalists
    who captured a totally different aspect and view of the Middle East as we know
    it today. Whether this was fantasy or fact will remain the subject of debate but it
    cannot be denied that their works are colourful, sensual, atmospheric, beautiful,
    erotic and enjoyable. The paintings take us back to Colonial times which had 
    offered the opportunity for artists from the West to travel to the Near and Middle
    East and respond to the climatic effects on their mediums and on their own view
    of this world. The results produced an image of a peaceful and exotic world that
    cannot be recognised today and which has been captured for posterity in these
    wonderful works. 

    Following is a list of the major Orientalist artists:

    Alma Tadema, Lawrence (1836-1912). British.
    Anger, Jacques (b-1940).  French.
    Barbaro, Giovanni (fl.1889-1907), (1864-1915). (aka Dudley, Arthur).  Italian.
    Bartolini, Federico Filippo (1861-1908). Italian.
    Bechard, Henri (fl. 1870-1889). French.
    Bracht, Eugene (1842-1921) Swiss.
    Boulanger, Gustave Clarence Rodolphe (1824-1888). French.
    Bridgman, Frederick Arthur (1847-1928). American.
    Canning, Charlotte (1817-1861). British.
    Charlemont, Eduard (1848-1906). Austrian.
    Chasseriau, Theodore (1819-1856). French.
    Coleman, William Stephen (1829-1904). British.
    Cormon, Fernand (1845-1924). French.
    Coulson, John (19th-20th C). British.
    Dadd, Richard (1817-1886). (alt. 1819-1887). British.
    Dauzats, Adrien (1804-1868). French.
    Delacroix, Eugene (1798-1863). French.
    Deutsch, Ludwig (1855-1935). Austrian.
    Dinet, Alphonse Etienne (1861-1929). French.
    Dudley, Arthur (fl. 1889-1907) (aka Barbaro Giovanni).
    Dulac, Edmund (1882-1953). British.
    Edmond, Rene Charles (1877-1960). French.
    Ernst, Rudolf (1854-1920). Austrian.
    Foweraker, Albert Moulton (1873-1942). English.
    Fromentin, Eugene (1820-1876). French.
    Gerome, Jean-Leon (1824-1904). French.
    Goodall, Frederick (1822-1904). British.
    Guillaumet, Gustave Achille (1840-1887). French.
    Hansen, Hans (fl. 1874-1948) (1843-1957). Scottish.
    Hardy, Dudley (1867-1922). English.
    Harper, Henry Andrew (1835-1900). British.
    Hepple, John Wilson (1886-1939). British.
    Holmes, Frank (fl.1920-1938) British.
    Hunt, William Holman (1827-1910). British.
    Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique (1780-1867). French.
    Kelly, Robert Talbot (1861-1934). English.
    Lamplough, Augustus Osborne (1877-1930). British.
    Lear, Edward (1812-1888). British.
    Leighton, Frederic (1830-1896). British.
    Lewis, John Frederick (1805-1876). British.
    Liotard, Jean-Etienne (1702-1789). Swiss.
    Long, Edwin Longsden (1829-1891). British.
    Lynton, Henry (Harry) Stanton (fl.1886-1904). British.
    Marchettini, A (Emilio) (19th C). Italian.
    Morgan, Walter Jenks (1847-1924). English.
    Pasini, Alberto (1826-1899). Italian.
    Perlberg, Friedrich (1848-1921). German.
    Ralli, Theodore (1852-1909). Greek.
    Roberts, David (1796-1864). Scottish.
    Rosati, Giulio (1858-1917). Italian.
    Ross, Christina Paterson (1843-1906). Scottish.
    Rousseau, Henri-Emilien (1875-1933). French.
    Roubtzoff, Alexandre (1884-1949). Russian.
    Tissot, James (1836-1902). French.
    Weeks, Edwin Lord (1849-1903). American.
    Zommer, Richard Karlovich (1866-1939). Russian. (b. Austria).

    This list is by no means exhaustive and will be updated regularly.  

    For more information about the works of the above artists, or any other
    artist of your choice, please enter the name in the search box below :



  6.  An interesting discussion has been ongoing for several years regarding the possibility that paintings signed by Hassan el Yashmid were actually painted by the English artist Arthur Dudley aka Giovanni Barbaro. The paintings are watercolours on paper and depict Egyptian desert scenes usually located near to the River Nile and Egyptian town scenes with particular emphasis on the Islamic architecture. The styles are similar in location to Barbaro's works and they usually portray solitary Arabian figures in stylised poses typical of the Victorian/Edwardian period. The original watercolours are rare but reproductions of these framed in decorated oak or pasted to card on plain glazed boards with hanging chains are fairly common and can be found around the world. This distribution is probably a consequence of the pictures being sold from bumboats to passing ships in the Suez Canal or in the local souks of Port Said or Suez. 

     If anyone has any information on Hassan el Yashmid, or owns any of his works, I would be very interested in hearing from you.

         Hassan el Yashmid.
    Here is a typical city study signed bottom rh corner by Hassan el Yashmid, framed under glass. Dimensions 300mm x 600mm. 



    Companion town scene by Hassan el Yashmid
    This scene appears to be a companion to the previous, probably an alternative exit from the souk. Note the shadow cast by the minaret. Framed under glass. Dimensions : 300mm x 600mm. c1900.

     Orange seller under palm tree by Hassan el Yashmid.
    Orange seller under palm tree on the bank of the Nile, print of watercolour pasted to card, mounted on wooden board under glass, fitted with hanging chain. Signed Hassan el Yashmid (lower rh corner). c1900. This style of presentation was typically sold to passing ships in the Suez canal or in souks in Port Said or Suez. Dimensions : 255mm x 450mm.
    Have been advised by Marti that the above is titled "A Well Earned Rest". Thank you Marti for that information.

     Tribesman on camel looking across the Nile by Hassan el Yashmid.

    Bedouin tribesman on camel looking across the Nile, signed Hassan el Yashmid (lower lh corner), print of companion watercolour pasted to card, mounted on wooden board under thick glass and fitted with hanging chain. This is a classic scene situated near to the previous painting. c1900. Dimensions : 255mm x 450mm.


     Tribesman on camel opposite small town.
    Tribesman on camel opposite small town across the Nile with passing dhow. Print of watercolour pasted to card, framed under glass. Signed Hassan el Yashmid (lower rh corner). c1900. Dimensions : Frame : 665mm x 460mm. Image : 440mm x 240mm. This painting is again in the same location.

     Tribesman on camel looking across the Nile with passing dhow.
    Tribesman on camel looking across the Nile with passing dhow in late afternoon. Print of watercolour pasted to card and framed under glass. Signed Hassan el Yashmid (lower rh corner). c1900. Dimensions : Frame : 665mm x 460mm. Image : 440mm x 240mm. Again in the same location.