Antique Prints

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.

An extract of our prints currently available:

Charge of the Light Brigade
Thin Red Line
The Roll Call
Alma
The Roll Call - Lady Butler
"The Roll Call"
The Return from Inkerman - Lady Butler
Balaclava - Lady Butler 2 3

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"There is no retreat from here, men! you must die where you stand."
...."Ay, Ay, Sir Colin, if needs be we'll do that."
General Sir Colin Campbell: THE THIN RED LINE

Thin Red Line

ROBERT GIBB RSA. 1881

The vibration of the thundering hooves of the Russian Cavalry could be felt through the ground when the first Highland rank knelt and discharged their first volly. At two hundred yards the second volley of withering shot was loosed over the shoulders of the reloading first rank, checking the Russian onslaught in its tracks.

Inspired by the Alexander Kinglake account of the action in his book The Invasion of the Crimea read by Gibb whilst walking Haddon Hall, in England's Peak district, Gibb depicted the scene transposed to the rise in front of him in his mind's eye. The result was Gibb's greatest painting, which he exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy in 1882. The Thin Red Line has been hailed as one of the finest military paintings of the nineteenth century.

The original painting was bought by Archibald Ramsden who gave permission for its reproduction first by Black and White and shortly thereafter issued as asupplement to the family Herald & Weekly Star, Montreal.

It is said the title originated with Sir William Howard Russell. dispatch to theTimes 25 Oct.1854 "This thin red streak tipped with a line of steel" He changed it slightly in is 1877 book The British Expedition to the Crimea to read "They dashed on towards that thin red line tipped with steel."

Colour lithograph (Ca. 1890)    Approx. 131/4 X 26 1/2" excluding letters (33.5 X 67.2 cm.),

( Ref. LRA 2085/DLN/g.anne SOL )           PRICE CODE D           Click Here for Pricing Details

"The look on his face from which the sternness of command had faded, giving place to the grief with which he noted the ravage of battle in his ranks."

The Roll Call
1874

"I never painted for the glory of war, but to portray its pathos and heroism."
- Lady Butler, Elizabeth Southerden (neé Thompson) RI. 1846 -1923.

The Roll Call is presented here, we are pleased to offer a rather fine collection of original antique prints after paintings by Lady Butler, please contact us for more more information.

Lady Butler, Elizabeth Southerden (neé Thompson) 1846 -1933. One of Britain's pre-eminent painters of Heroic battle scenes and particularly noted for her accurate depiction of regimental dress and horses.

In 1874, she exhibited the painting "THE ROLL CALL" or to give it its full title "CALLING THE ROLL AFTER AN ENGAGEMENT, CRIMEA" at the Royal Academy in London where it caused a sensation, not just because it had been painted by a woman (a rarity for publicly acclaimed works at the time) but the more so, because it took a different approach to the previous format of heroic painting. In her own words "I never painted for the glory of war, but to portray its pathos and heroism." Her masterpiece recorded the pain, shock and suffering of war; the aftermath and reality of hand to hand combat during the war in the Crimea.

Crowds flocked to see the painting, so much so, that it was sent on tour around the country, some 20,000 viewing it in three days in Liverpool alone! Art connoisseurs vied with each other to purchase the work , when it became known that Her Majesty Queen Victoria wished to acquire the painting however, the other bidders agreed to withdraw and Charles Galloway, the Manchester industrialist, who had commissioned the work, ceded it to the crown. The artist receiving £120 for her masterpiece.

Her Majesty did give permission for the work to be reproduced, and it is the fine deluxe mixed media engraving signed by both artist and engraver of which there were only 200 copies issued, (at a published price of 4 gns, 1882), that we are pleased to offer to discerning collectors of militaria.

Although an archetypal picture showing the condition of soldiers in the aftermath of battle. Depicted is a mustering of part of the Guards Brigade in the cold grey light after an engagement during the Crimean War which many assume to be the Battle of Inkerman. The 3rd battalion of Grenadier Guards defended a two-gun Sandbag Battery against heavy odds amid fierce hand to hand fighting. The battalion lost 104 officers & men with another 103 wounded. Captain George Higginson (the mounted officer) recalled that barely 200 men responded at roll call.

"The look on his face from which the sternness of command had faded, giving place to the grief with which he noted the ravage of battle in his ranks." Meynell, The Art Journal 1898.

In 1999 Her Majesty the Queen gave her permission for the original painting to be briefly exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada.

Mixed Media Engraving. Scarce, Artists Proof Before Letters.
Signed Elizabeth Butler, Artist; & W.J. Hulland, Engraver (below plate).

Published by The Fine Art Society London. 1 Nov. 1882 with authenticating seal of Printsellers Association London. Matted.
15 x 29 3/4" excluding signatures   (Ref. RI.272 /ALN/and>AANN)   PRICE CODE F    Click Here for Pricing Details

Battle of Alma

Alma - Forward Forty-Second

ROBERT GIBB RSA. 1888

Depicts the 42nd. Highland regiment (The Black Watch) as they advanced up the slope and the river at Alma during the memorable battle, 20 Oct.1854, when the Russian forces under Menshikov were defeated by combined British, French & Turkish forces.

Again inspired by AlexanderKinglake's account in his book The Invasion of the Crimea and yet another of General Sir Colin Campbell memorable battle utterances 'Forward Forty-Second' that so inspired the Highlanders to perform heroic deeds against overwhelming odds. He is shown here on horseback, along with Lt.Col.Sir Duncan Cameron.

Further details for Gibb's famous painting were provided by Sir Peter Halkett, who carried the Queens colours on the day and may also be seen in this image.

Published as a supplement to Montreal's Family Herald & Weekly Star, Printed by Black & White after the painting by Robert Gibb (1845 - 1932) a Scottish painter of romantic, historical & military subjects portraying Scottish regiments.

In 1909 Gibb was appointed His Majesty's Painter and Limner for Scotland, he portrayed the pride of Scotland in many forms through his paintings, but it is his heroic portrayals of Scottish military heroism that immortalised him.

Chromolithograph. (Ca 1890)
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Mounted, Approx 26 1/2 x 35 1/2"

Ref. LRA.1130/RVN/s.annr> V0L                 SOLD                Price Code: D     

Another Copy with original postal tube
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 RH9/DAL/s.andl >LAL  size: 17 2/8 x 26 1/2" including letters   Price Code C Click Here for Pricing Details

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Lady Butler Crimea Images:

 

 

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The Roll Call

CALLING THE ROLL AFTER AN ENGAGEMENT, CRIMEA
Elizabeth Thompson
[Lady Butler] RI

1885-1895

Fine deluxe mixed media engraving, signed by both artist and engraver of which there were only 200 copies issued.

Mixed Media Engraving.
Scarce, Artists Proof Before Letters.

Signed Elizabeth Butler, Artist; & W.J. Hulland, Engraver (below plate).

Published by The Fine Art Society London. 1 Nov. 1882 with authenticating seal of Printsellers Association London. 15 x 29 3/4" excluding signatures.

(Ref. RI.272 /ALN/and>AANN)

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"The Roll Call"

Crimea 1854-5

after the original painting by
Lady Butler

By permission of Fine Art Society London.ca.1895
B/W gravure.
12 1/2 x 25 1/8" excluding letters.

Ref. LRA1121 /LN/v.annr>ELN)

Anotheer Copy reduced Size 7 3/4 x 15 5/8" (19.7 x 39.7 cm.) exclucing letters
Ref. TMcC1/DNN/ dn.andl> AVL

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The Return from Inkerman

THE SOLDIERS BATTLE Elizabeth Thompson
[Lady Butler] RI

Sunday November 5th 1854 after the original painting by Lady Butler.

"It was a glorious day for the British army." (Extract from Lord Raglans dispatch.) [1877 ca.1900)].

Photogravure Engraving. Published Fine Art Society London.
15 3/4 x 24 15/16" including letters.

(Ref.LRA1030 /RNN/dov>G0L)

BalaclavaThe Return 25th. Oct. 1854

Elizabeth Thompson
[Lady Butler] RI

[1876 (ca.1885)]

THAT GLORIOUS BLUNDER OF WHICH ENGLISHMEN ARE JUSTIFIABLY PROUD
Yorkshire Post 10/11/1876

Photogravure after the engraving by F. Stacpoole.

Published Fine Art Society ca. 1885.
10 1/2" x 20"

(Ref.LRA1126 /DLN/v. annr>GLN)

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balaclava h/c

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Balaclava 25th. Oct. 1854

Elizabeth Thompson [Lady Butler] RI [1876 (1880)]

Original Hand tinted mixed media engraving by F. Stacpoole

Published Fine Art Society 25th. July 1880.
20 " x 37 3/4 "


Ref. VF1 /OLN/ r. andd > AOOL 


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