Shropshire lane close to home photographed by Anthony Sargeant on an early morning bicycle ride

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The narrow lanes around our Shropshire home are always very quiet but early on a Sunday morning there are only the rabbits for company. This photograph was taken on Sunday 9th July at 5.22am.

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Giuseppe Mazzolini – 19th century Oil on Canvas in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant

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Tony Sargeant bought this many years ago in a provincial auction. In an ornate carved giltwood frame it was titled – “Cherubs playing in a landscape”. It amused at the time – But What is going on? Thinking now of de-acquisitioning – perhaps through Bonhams.

Cats – who understands them?

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Perched on the back of the sofa and looking very furry – this is Shorty. An ‘inheritance’ of Anthony J Sargeant from his daughter when she moved out from the family home into a flat and could not take ‘her’ pet with her. Thanks for that Lucy! But other parents will recognise the syndrome and sympathize.

via ‘Shorty’ the cat who condescends to live in the home of Anthony J Sargeant — tonysargeantshropshire

Etching ‘The Visit’ by William Strang RA in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant

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The etching is one of 24 by William Strang RA (1859-1921) in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant – this one is entitled ‘The Visit’.

During his lifetime, Dumbarton-born William Strang (1859 – 1921) built up an international reputation as a highly skilled and imaginative printmaker, portraitist and painter. His diverse subjects ranged from the fantastic to the very real, including uncompromising depictions of contemporary life and the effects of poverty and social injustice, landscapes, subjects from the bible, bewildering allegories, and narrative illustrations. He was also a prolific and highly successful portraitist.

Anthony J Sargeant bought this etching at Sotheby’s in the 1980’s

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‘In a Rose Garden’ was painted by Sir Laurence Alma-Tadema (signed Bottom Left in pencil) and the etching made by Leopold Lowenstein (signed bottom right). It was bought in its original frame from the Conduit Street, London sale rooms of Sotheby’s by Anthony Sargeant. The image measures 34 x 45 cm.

Anthony J Sargeant recently bought this splendid 19th Century Caucasian rug

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Caucasian Rug 1.08 x 3.0 m

It has good natural colours (no synthetics). It measures 1 x 3metres) and has an interesting camel coloured outer border with various motifs within it including human figures and an animal. It is worn with low areas and some old repairs. Nevertheless the plan is to make it secure and give it a service clean before hanging without seeking to repile any worn areas. It is what it is is!

Anthony Sargeant recently bought this charming drawing at auction

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It may improve somewhat with restoration. Jehan (welsh for John) Daly was a talented but unassuming artist who was nevertheless coaxed into exhibiting in his lifetime. He was a friend of John Ward.

via Anthony J Sargeant recently bought this delightful drawing by Jehan Daly of a child reading — Tony Anthony J Sargeant