August sunset in Shropshire


IMG_3565 crop

Anthony J Sargeant photographed this remarkable sunset from the bedroom window of his Shropshire home at 21.17 hr on the 2nd August 2016. The house lies in the beautiful Corvedale and here the sun is seen setting over the rising land to the west which forms the Wenlock Edge.


Who is the artist? Oil painting of a Fisherman



Anthony Sargeant would like any help in identifying the artist of this well executed and lively portrait. It is an unsigned oil painting that came in an old, probably late Victorian, frame (glazed with old glass). It has been relined many years ago and looks stylistically to be 19th Century. The ruler by the side is for scale is 30 cm long thus the painting measures 20 cm x 25 cm. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I think the man is a wearing a sou’wester hence the ‘fisherman’ description. There are no marks or other identification on the canvas or frame.

Antique Persian Rug in the Collection of Anthony Sargeant



This interesting and decorative rug was bought by Anthony Sargeant in auction in the Netherlands. It is is overall in good condition, lowish but evenly worn pile, and side cords and one end needs securing. In structure it is Baluch but the design shows influences of southern Persia – a very pleasing rug. Recently sold to a good friend for what was possibly cost price – but that is what you do for friends.

The Outsider by Tony Sargeant


The Outsider

Always separated by longing to belong

from belonging itself.

Always seeking comfort in companionship,

Yet, by seeking,

blocking that internal path

that ought to lead thereto.

Always seeking,

thus never arriving.

Endlessly travelling

but never reaching

the longed for terminus

Wherein others seem to have dwelt all their lives,

or so it seems to the Outsider.

Always a long way off,

like the refrain of the Wandering Jew,

“Next year in Jerusalem”

“Next year”.

Anthony J Sargeant – 6th February 2016

Shropshire Countryside on a January Afternoon



Yesterday afternoon this was the view of the Shropshire countryside as seen from our home. Photographed at 14.13 hr on the 19th January 2016. But with a clear sky a frost was certainly going to follow. See the next post.

The Old Man of Storr – Isle of Skye


Anthony Sargeant took this photograph on the Isle of Skye in in the summer of 2010. it shows the path leading up to the rock pinnacle, The Old Man of Storr. In the distance the Isle of Raasay can be seen and beyond that the Kyle of Lochalsh. it was a glorious summer’s day.


The second of the two photographs shows the pinnacle itself the size of which can be judged by the human figures at the base of it.


Antique Qajar Tile – Falconer and Companion



Despite having retired as an antique dealer Anthony Sargeant cannot resist ‘snapping up unconsidered trifles’. This small and damaged tile came with a great pile of  uninteresting bits of  brass and tourist ware and was uncatalogued in a provincial Shropshire auction. It is not enormously valuable but it is nevertheless very pleasing – despite being broken and reglued across the middle of the tile. The Qajar dynasty ruled in Iran in the 19th Century and this tile is typical of the period both in its palette and its form of relief figurative images.