Artists and Makers

Portrait of Mary Townshend by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sir Joshua Reynolds

Stylistically, Sir Joshua Reynolds was influenced by Michelangelo and the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. Reynolds' portraits were distinguished by calm dignity, classical allusions, rich color, and realistic portrayal of character. His portraits form an epitome of London society of his… Read More »
Garrard Robinson

Garrard Robinson

1834-1891 • English — The son of a blacksmith, Robinson attended the Newcastle School of Design. At the age of 14 he apprenticed to Thomas Hall Tweedy, then the most famous wood carver in all of Great Britain. It is widely accepted that a majority of Tweety's finest works were… Read More »
The Kiss by Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin French (1840-1917)Auguste Rodin is counted among the greatest artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries along with names such as Van Gogh, Monet and Renoir. In the history of sculpture, he occupies a place even more important than his painterly contemporaries, for he… Read More »
Théo van Rysselberghe

Theo van Rysselberghe

Théo van Rysselberghe 1862-1926 • Belgian Belgian Neo-Impressionist artist Théo van Rysselberghe's rebellion of the constraining academic standards at the turn of the 20th century proved crucial to the history of European art. Today, van Rysselberghe’s works are… Read More »
Silver Gilt Tray by Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith

Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith

The partnership of Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith produced some of the greatest silver works of the early 19th century. Scott and Smith jointly ran workshops located in Greenwich, England from 1802 to 1807 and during their brief partnership were the principal suppliers of silver… Read More »
John & Thomas Seymour

John & Thomas Seymour

American — The Seymours were the most famous of the early American cabinetmakers in New England and their furniture can be found in numerous museums around the world, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This extraordinary sideboard… Read More »
Paul Sormani

Paul Sormani

1817-1877 • French — Sormani received enormous attention as one of Paris' finest and most influential ébénistes and earned worldwide acclaim by displaying his pieces at many of the world's leading exhibitions. At the 1867 Exhibition Universelle in Paris the… Read More »
Charles-Joseph-Frédéric Soulacroix

Charles Frederic Joseph Soulacroix

Soulacroix is best known for his scenes of wealthy 18th-century figures lavishly adorned in satins and silks engaging in romantic pursuits amid equally sumptuous interiors. Soulacroix was, without doubt, the most famous and talented painter of these silks and satins and his ability to… Read More »
Thomas Ralph Spence

Thomas Ralph Spence

Born in Yorkshire, England, into a family of builders, Spence studied as an architect, and settled in London, where he became a painter of landscapes, historical subjects and architectural scenes. Greatly inspired by the work of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Spence's best work consisted of… Read More »
Portrait of Pierre Ryckmans by Irma Stern

Irma Stern

Considered one of the most significant South African artists of the 20th century, Irma Stern is beloved internationally. Her striking scenes taken from African life, imbued with her unique Expressionist style and intense palettes, created a dynamic body of work that not only exemplified… Read More »