[Sir Walter Gilbey].
" Walter Gilbey" Signature facsimile in margin. Published Jany 1st 1892 by J. & W. Vokins 14 & 16 Gt. Portland Str. London. W.
Etching 405 x 445mm.
Sir Walter Gilbey [1831 - 1914] was an English agriculturist, wine-merchant and philanthropist. After serving in the Crimea he started a business at the Pantheon on Oxford Street importing Wines from South Africa. This grew and expanded allowing him the to pursue being a sportsman as well as a lover of horses, as referenced here by the painting on the wall and the copy of the Agricultural Gazette he reads. His legacy is remembered in the Gilbey Gallery at Bishop's Stortford's Museum. Sir William Quiller Orchardson (1835 - April 13, 1910) was a British painter. Orchardson was born in Edinburgh, 'Orchardson's wider popularity dates from 1881. To that year's Academy he sent the large 'On Board the Bellerophon,' which now hangs in the Tate Gallery. Its success with the public was great and instantaneous, and for ten or twelve years Orchardson's work was more eagerly looked for at the Academy than that of any one else…..The portrait of 'Sir Walter Gilbey' may fairly be called the painter's masterpiece, in this branch of art.'
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