Milly with Minstrel
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Harold Freckleton

English ( b.1890 - d.1979 )

Milly with Minstrel

  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower right

Image size 23.2 inches x 28.5 inches ( 59cm x 72.5cm )
Frame size 27.4 inches x 32.5 inches ( 69.5cm x 82.5cm )


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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art in the English county of Dorset is this original oil painting by Harry Freckleton which dates from the 1960s. It is presented and supplied in its’ original wooden frame (which is shown in these photographs). The frame, canvas and the painted surface have benefitted from cleaning, restoration and conservation, which was performed on our instruction, supervision and approval. The original cotton covered slip has been replaced.
This vintage painting is now in very good condition, defying its age. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed lower right.

The acclaimed artist Harry Freckleton was born in Nottingham in 1890 and lived there for most of his life. He studied at the Nottingham School of Arts, as it was then known, from 1904 to 1912 under Wilson Foster and was much influenced by the local painter Arthur Spooner. He worked as a lithograph artist, and then served in the army during World War 1. He then worked as an artist for New Zealand Cine Studios and went on to run his own photographic business from 1924-65.

Freckleton married the artist Vera Freckleton and they spent most of their married life living in at Whitegates in The Park, Nottingham.

Most of Freckleton’s art is painted in oils, and he specialised in still life, landscape and figurative work, especially childhood scenes. His best works have a strong human interest, with an individual technique showing quality and fine execution. He was a member of the Nottingham Society of Artists, exhibiting there and becoming an esteemed Associate. As a successful artist Freckleton exhibited work seven times at the Royal Academy, as well as the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Royal Society of British Artists. His work continues to be sought-after and is today represented in permanent collections in Nottingham, Blackpool, Huddersfield and elsewhere.

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This beautiful oil on canvas painting by Harry Freckleton shows a scene in an English farmyard. Besides an old green painted barn and a tall haystack, we see Minnie, a young girl sitting astride Minstrel, her brown pony. She is wearing a riding hat, white blouse and red trousers, and looks down at her left side towards a second figure, in a blue top and tan trousers, who is possibly adjusting her stirrups. A third figure, another girl, in grey blouse and green trousers, is standing in front of the pony with her hand outstretched as if to feed him. In the background are other out-buildings and overhanging branches of a tree. What makes this picture really special is the light; the sun streams through the trees bathing the scene with warmth and creating a brilliant, dappled effect, highlighting Minnie’s white blouse and accenting other details. The overall impression is of wholesome rural activity on a perfect summer’s day, reminiscent of a bygone age of simple outdoor pursuits.

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