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Charles Parker fl.1825-after 1846
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Charles Parker fl.1825-after 1846

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A still-life of newspapers, letters, playing cards, printed music a £5-note and other ephemera.


Incribed variously and dated April 12th 1846 on the “Sunday Times”


Framed watercolour drawing 22.5 x 26.6 inches.


Little is known of the life of Charles Parker, yet his paintings are amongst the most distinctive of the late-Georgian and early-Victorian era. Although the arrangement of the elements of his still-lives is charmingly naïf, the pictures themselves are executed in a highly competent and skilful manner. His paintings are frequently to be seen in old collections of sporting paintings, and items redolent of the Turf, Card-play, the Field and the Chase are usually represented in his works.

His work is more frequently seen in oil paint, though occasionally, as here, he worked in watercolour on card. There is a characteristic example in the Royal collection at Sandringham which was presented to Edward VII as a gift during his reign.

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