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Frederick Alfred Rhead (1856-1933): The Leonardo de Vinci of North Staffordshire

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'‘The Leonardo de Vinci of North Staffordshire

 

This was the eye-catching headline in the obituary to Frederick Alfred Rhead published in the Staffordshire Advertiser on Saturday, 6th May 1933. High praise for a hard working Staffordshire potter, but the extraordinary collection of Rhead art pottery, ceramics, pictures and artefacts, which we will sell on 21st/22nd January 2014 in our Winter 2014 Fine Art Auction, show he clearly was part of an extraordinary dynasty of artists.

 

My colleague Nic Saintey is posting news about the Rhead art pottery on his blog and indeed it is for this that Frederick Rhead, brother Louis Rhead and his daughter Charlotte Rhead are best known.

 

My involvement has been with the pictures; some closely linked to the ceramics in terms of original sketches and designs ranging from the important watercolour drawing of the Gladstone Vase, to figurative and narrative designs for art pottery tiles, many of which went to production.

 

 

 

 FA Rhead - The Creation of Genesis (FS21/262)

 

Among the FA Rhead paintings, the most spectacular is this watercolour interpretation of what I believe is the sixth day of The Creation from Genesis Chapter 1, when God created herbs, trees, flowers and plants (FS21/262). It is a rhythmical and highly decorative image which was a bit of a puzzle, so by all means let me know if you think it may not be The Creation!

 

The watercolour is in the fine picture auction on 21st January 2014 along with several others by Frederick Rhead, and from the same collection, paintings by Louis John Rhead, Frederick Hurten Rhead, a charming sketch of a terrier by Charlotte Rhead and an important painting by George Woolliscroft Rhead which I will post news about shortly.

 

So, if Rhead was the de Vinci of North Staffordshire, how about William Widgery, the JMW Turner of East Devon…..?



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This article was originally published on Daniel Goddard's Blog on Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:06:40 GMT.

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Daniel Goddard BA(Hons) ASFAVDaniel Goddard BA(Hons) ASFAV

Daniel Goddard is a Director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. He is also Head of the Picture Department.

Daniel Goddard was educated at The Kings Grammar School, Ottery St Mary and The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was commissioned in 1982 serving in Northern Ireland, The Falklands and Canada and in the 1990s completed an Open University degree in Art History and Humanities.

In 1988, he worked in Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand and attended The Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. On his return to East Devon, Daniel joined Lawrences in Crewkerne as a saleroom porter and progressed to valuation and rostrum work.

In 1996, Daniel joined Bearne's in Torquay to head the Works of Art Department and transferred to Head of the Picture Department in 2000. He continues to run this busy department in the merged firm of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

Daniel Goddard has been a director of the firm since 1999 and is an experienced valuer and auctioneer with a good broad range of knowledge and specialist expertise in paintings. He was responsible for the organisation and cataloguing of the two major sales of paintings by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), which raised in excess of £3 million.


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