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The Ringers of Launcells Tower, Frederick Smallfield (1829-1915) Featured Willesden Print

The Ringers of Launcells Tower, Frederick Smallfield (1829-1915)

Oil on canvas, English School, 1887. This painting was inspired by the poem The Ringers of Launcells Tower by Rev. R.S. Hawker of Morwenstow in his book Cornish Ballads and Other Poems'. In this poem, the bell ringers who rang at the accession of George III in 1760 were still alive to ring at his golden jubilee in 1810. The church of Launcells is midway between Stratton and Bude. The picture was painted 77 years after George III's golden jubilee and so is a total reconstruction. There is, therefore, no possibility that the figures are actual portraits of the 1810 ringers. Nevertheless, Smallfield had visited the church tower before he started the painting but made certain alterations to the layout for artistic reasons. He also studied the bell ringers at his local church in Willesden, north west London, to get the action and the angle of the ropes correct. A watercolour version of this painting was exhibited at the Watercolour Society in 1878. Frederick Smallfield studied at the Royal Academy and subsequently exhibited there several times. He lived for most of his life in London and at Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire

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Frederick Goodall, painter, 1878.Artist: Lock & Whitfield Featured Willesden Print

Frederick Goodall, painter, 1878.Artist: Lock & Whitfield

Frederick Goodall, painter, 1878. Goodall was only 14 years old when he exhibited water-colour paintings of Willesden Church and Lambeth Palace at the Society of Arts, the latter picture was awarded the Isis medal of the society. Among his best-known works are, The Tired Soldier, The Village Holiday and The Ploughman and the Shepherdess'. From Men of Mark: a gallery of contemporary portraits of men distinguished in the Senate, the Church, in science, literature and art, the army, navy, law, medicine, etc. Photographed from life by Lock and Whitfield, with brief biographical notices by Thompson Cooper. (Conducted by G. C. Whitfield.) (London, 1876-1883)

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