GESTINGTHORPE 'THEN & NOW' PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK - COMING LATER THIS YEAR
In these times of isolation and social distancing I have been enjoying the daily live video broadcasts that renowned art dealer/historian Philip Mould has been giving, detailing his private art collection in his beautiful home in Oxfordshire.
On Wednesday 1st April 2020 he introduced the viewers to a large painting on the wall of his dining room and how he discovered it in a sale room in America in the early 1980's when he was a young and upcoming art dealer.
I'll let Philip explain further....
On seeing this video broadcast I immediately felt a familiarity with the image which was confirmed once Philip mentioned the name of Rippingale (a long standing surname in and around Gestingthorpe to this day). Could this be an image I had wondered about for 10 years - having read about it in a book published in 1905 by Alfred Patchett detailing the history of Gestingthorpe through the ages? The book is one I refer to regularly when gleaning interesting snippets to include on this website or the Facebook page that accompanies it.
I quickly found my copy of this little book and searched for the entry I had initially read all those years previously - not only was the reference correct but detailed a T. Elliston in the painting (the Elliston family owned Moat Farm from 1712) as well as Joseph Rippingale - holding a ceramic bowl - who's son went on to run the Gestingthorpe pottery factory in the second half of the 18th century (at least 3 of his signed pots are still in existence in Cambridge and Ipswich Museums). The owner of Moat Farm, Mrs Branwhite passed away in 1903 when the contents of the house were sold and the whereabouts of the painting was unknown.
I contacted Philip via his email and explained how and why I knew this picture - needless to say he was delighted that we could extend its provenance back to the time it was painted, but also give a little background to the sitters. This happy chance, that was brought about by the dreadful Corona Virus, is also as fast developing, and Philip hopes to write about his time in isolation, this painting and his enforced online media stardom in the Telegraph newspaper. Given his increased media following, as a result of his broadcasts, he hopes to follow up his overview of this painting (adding this new information we were able to provide) with another video broadcast.
We wait in anticipation. (Friday 3rd April 2020)
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