The Baron de Newmarch Collection
Ever since the Renaissance, the nobility, the gentry and the fashion-conscious have chosen to be recorded for posterity by a portraitist. Portrait genre has thrived in Germany and Britain with artists like Dürer, van Dyke, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Raeburn. This consideration motivated the Baron to commission a Scottish based artist, Max Scotto, to paint his portrait.
The artist worked to create a painting that evoked a historical period, such as those of Old Master painters. Max told us that he was influenced by the Grand Manner, a style promoted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, and he based his colour choices on the palette of Thomas Gainsborough.
Max said: “During this creative phase I studied paintings and images from my art library. The regular study of the work of classic painters is a great source of inspiration for me and it influences my own painting process”.
While the artist is open to use modern media in the compositional stages, he prefers the classical approach of drawing and painting from life. His ultimate goal is to perceive the beauty in the person he paints and look for ways to portray this in a compelling picture.
The Baron was very pleased to unveil the painting on 8th June 2016 and is delighted to recommend Max Scotto, a highly talented portrait painter.
In 2016 Max Scotto was commissioned to paint a portrait of the Baron. The painter produced an outstanding piece with a very classic taste, depicting the Baron and a view of Cadbury Castle in South Cadbury. The Baron was so delighted with his portrait that in 2016 he commissioned the artist to paint his wife, the Baroness.
Mr Scotto, who is based in Scotland, painted a bust composition of the Lady of North Cadbury inside an oval. He told that he felt inspired by some small portraits in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
The spandrels were painted directly on the linen canvas and each corner was decorated with Romanesque initials of the Baroness and the artist’s signature, imitating the gold of the superb swept frame which was also handmade according to the painter’s specifications for this piece.
The Baroness was very pleased to unveil the painting at her home and is delighted to recommend Max Scotto, an outstanding portrait painter.
A fantastic oil painting of the Queen painted by Max Scotto, which pays tribute to her life and her tireless efforts for her country and the Commonwealth. Since 2016 this painting is part of the Baron de Newmarch Collection.
Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning female monarch in world history on 9 September 2015 when she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. On 6 February 2017 she became the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee, commemorating 65 years on the throne.
On 13 October 2016 at the age of 90 years, 175 days, she became the world's longest-reigning current monarch and the worlds longest-serving current head of state.
Max Scotto MSc
Max Scotto, was born in Argentina and is the fourth generation artist of a family of painters, jewellers and engravers of Northern Italy and Scottish ancestry. Thus, from an early age he displayed talent for the visual arts and was encouraged to draw and paint by his family.
You can read more about this brilliant artist and the process he followed for this commission at the artist’s own website www.maxscotto.com
' Gardens at South Cadbury', Somerset 1934 EDWARD STEEL HARPER RBSA (1878-1951)
A beautiful and well painted oil on board painting by the highly collected English landscape painter Edward Steel Harper.
Vibrant colours of a natural scene at South Cadbury, with Cadbury Castle in the middle background, entitled 'Gardens at South Cadbury, Somerset'.
Edward Steel Harper has signed with monogram and dated this original oil painting.
Cadbury Castle in South Cadbury, after the barony is named, is the most probable site of King Arthur's principle court famously called Camelot.
Edward Steel Harper is known as an English landscape painter in oil.
' The Tor' Glastonbury, Somersetshire E. FRITH, 1911
This oil on board painting from 1911, shows the countryside at Glastonbury with the famous Glastonbury Tor in the background. Glastonbury, 17 miles away from North Cadbury is the most probable place of King Arthur's legendary Avalon.
Richard Blowey is a landscape artist born in Plymouth in 1947 and studied at Plymouth School of Art. He started painting professionally in the late 1960s and his subjects are mainly in south-west England. This one is of St Michael's Mount in Cornwall - one of his favourite subjects as of many other artists.
Richard Blowey is a contemporary landscape artist who was born in Plymouth in 1947 and studied at Plymouth School of Art. After a short time on the east coast of England he returned to the South west in the late 1960's. Taking all sorts of jobs from farming to fishing he still kept up his art as a hobby but found his work was becoming more in demand and this prompted him to concentrate on art as his profession. Blowey spent time working as a Fisherman as well as on farms in Cornwall. As an artist he has become very familiar with the Cornish landscape and coastal areas. His detailed observations of the power and motion of the sea and the nature of the countryside around him were of a constant inspiration to him. Being of a restless, enquiring and experimenting nature he enjoyed being challenged, these challenges producing a great variety of subject matters. As he has matured Richard has reached a high standard of art, especially in his paintings depicting the natural beauty we have in Cornwall with it's dramatic land and seascapes. Richard favours oil painting and whilst he is happy to paint in his studio, he prefers to "go out" and paint his subject. He now lives and paints near Penzance in West Cornwall.