Picture Perfect

Six portraits are being sold on behalf of the Treloar Trust in our October 27th and 28th Auction.

Two of the portraits are of Sir William Treloar (1843-1923), who was a philanthropist and Lord Mayor of London from 1906 to 1907. As part of his mayoral appeal, he set up a ‘Cripples Fund’, with the aim of building a hospital and school outside the city for children with non-pulmonary tuberculosis. The school and hospital opened in Alton in 1908 and is now one of the country’s leading specialist schools providing education, independence and opportunities for children with physical disabilities. The school still maintains a strong link with the City of London.


Imposing in size and stature, the first portrait shows Sir William Treloar in full alderman regalia. Painted by Royal Academician John Calcott Horsley (1817-1903) it is an impressive portrait and is estimated at £2,000-3,000. A further later portrait of the same is hoped to fetch £400-600.


Another individual closely related to Treloar School was Major General the Right Honorable Edward Frederick Lawson, Fourth Baron Burnham CB, DSO, MC (1890-1963). Lord Burnham was the Managing Director of the Daily Telegraph from 1945 to 1962 and had a distinguished military career serving in both World Wars. He became Trustee and Chairman of the Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital Management Committee and was actively involved with the school for many years after. Two portrait paintings of Lord Burnham are offered for sale, both by known portrait artists, Sir Edward Irvine Halliday (1902-84) and Henry M Carr (1890-1963) and are estimated at £700-900 and £400-600 respectively.

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Of more personal appeal to the school and past pupils are two portraits painted by Alyn Wilde of Mr Heywood, a master at the school, and Florence, Sir William Treloar’s adopted daughter.

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The Dog Blog

The saleroom dogs are feeling quite outnumbered this auction. Everywhere they look they see bulldogs glaring at them. China bulldogs, bronze bulldogs, Beswick bulldogs, car mascot bulldogs. You name it, we have it! Hundreds of bulldogs in various guises all looking for a new home. Our regular furry canine friends just can’t wait for them all to be sold so they can have the place to themselves again….


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