Since 1763 the name 'Russborough' has been synonymous with collecting and dealing in fine art. In the closing decades of the last century the historic town of Port Hope has become home to Lord Russborough's Annex, which specialises in an individual mix of antique maps, paintings and prints.

While Lord Russborough's Annex features a great many works of museum calibre, we also offer a wonderful selection of prints priced at under $100.

Fildes the doctor

'The Doctor' Sir Luke Fildes

Black & white photogravure [published by Thos Agnew & Sons, London 1893] matted, glazed & set into a natural wood frame. Dimensions: Print: 12 5/8 x 17 3/4 " excluding letters.

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Sir Luke Fildes's popular masterpiece, The Doctor was commissioned by Henry Tate in 1887, since then the image has been used in many different forms. The United States and Britain put it on postage stamps, political cartoonists lampooned it, and the American Medical Association used it in a campaign against socialized medicine. In more recent times this iconic image by Files appeared in the first Harry Potter movie.
There are different stories about the origins of the painting. The most likely is that Tate gave Fildes the freedom to choose the subject matter himself. Fildes’ eldest son, Phillip died of tuberculosis on Christmas morning, 1877. He was attended by Dr. Murray, who impressed Fildes greatly with his care and attention to his dying child. Another version has Queen Victoria ordering the painting to commemorate the service of her own physician, Sir James Clark who she was said to have sent to care for a sick child of a Gillie on the Royal Balmoral estate.
Fildes went to great lengths to achieve realism in this painting, by constructing the cottage scene in his studio in London, and painting at dawn to catch the unique character of dawn light. The ‘Doctor’ was a professional model but thought to bear some resemblance to Fildes himself. Therefore, this picture, although based on a real event in the artist's life is in fact fictional. The image has a happier ending than the real life event did, as here the child has survived through the night and dawn is breaking.

Solomon Le malade imaginaire

H. Brurne after A.Solomon

1823 -1862

Uncoloured steel engraving . Published by D.Appleton & Co New York Ca.1861
Museum matted, glazed, gilt-wood frame. 10 7/8 x 7 ¼” Frame 16 3/4 x 13 ¼ ”
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"'Le Malade Imaginaire' is almost the last work Abraham Solomon produced; and is unquestionably the most humorous, as it is also one, in every respect, the most clever in delineation of character; for there is point in every figure. The subject is borrowed from Moliere's comedy bearing the same title.

The scene lies in the bed-chamber of the hypochondriac, M. Argan, who is visited by his physician, Diafoirus, and the son of the latter, who is training for the profession.
Propped up and pillowed in his easy chair, no wonder the invalid looks up aghast when the young oracle has spoken such ominous words, and he finds them confirmed by the elder man of physic, who, watch in hand, times the beating of the patient's pulse as his jewelled fingers press lightly on Argan's wrist. There is something irresistibly droll in the trio; in the pompous attitude and whole bearing of the physician, who is evidently not inclined to thwart the fancy of his patient, though we can detect a degree of humour in his countenance. And then the dismayed expression of Argan's face, as if he were already doomed to death; while young Diafoirus delivers the sentence with an emphatic upraising of the hand to enforce it: his father, no doubt, had given him suitable instructions what to say. Toinette, the "femme qui n'aime, makes no secret of the opinion she entertains regarding the sick man's state of health: she is busy mixing a compound of some kind or other for the invalid, who is always requiring a stimulant "to keep up the tabernacle," as we once heard an old Scotch physician remark to one under his care; but the dialogue of the two doctors amuses her much, and she looks towards Diafoirus as perfectly comprehending its raillery, and also as quite ready to carry on the delusion after he and his son have taken leave. Every part of this most humorous picture is painted with scrupulous care and attention to details: the costumes of the figures are rich in colour, and the arrangement of light and shade is very effective. This painter was much accustomed to rely on gorgeous draperies and splendid accessories of every kind to give value to his compositions." The Art Journal 1871 & The Victorian Web