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.
Cunnack's Tannery, Helston, Cornwall. October 1883
In the top hat is George James Cunnack (1823-1911), senior partner in this firm of tanners and curriers trading as G.J. Cunnack & Sons. Far left of the picture is Francis Henry Cunnack (1861-1936). To the far right is workman William Jennings. The data was supplied by Edward Cunnack on 17.12.1979. The tannery had premises in Meneage Street, the works were presumably here as well. In 1906 it is believed they also had premises in Lady Street and St Johns. Photographer: Unknown.
© From the collection of the RIC
Two unidentified expedition members on skis
Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-04. Leader: William Speirs Bruce. Two expedition members, both smoking pipes and holding one ski pole each, stand on skis on ice at the side of the sail and steam powered ship Scotia.
© Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Ice, Man, Men, Pack Ice, Rigging, Sailing Ship, Ship, Ski, Ski Pole, Sking, Snow