Barony of  North Cadbury                                                  Somerset  ·  England                                                 Erected by King William I. about AD 1066                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               'Keeping history alive'                                                                                                                                                                                      

 Painting Gallery  

                     The Baron de Newmarch Collection                    


                         Jörg Hubert, 6th Baron of North Cadbury                                                                       oil on linen, 2016                                                                                                              by MAX SCOTTO                                               


The Baron extends his right hand in a welcoming gesture. The background shows a view of South Cadbury. The mound which breaks the horizon line is Cadbury Castle, a site rich of archaeological interest. As this it is the most probable site of King Arthur's Court called Camelot and the place where the barony takes its name from.

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. 




               Regina, Baroness of North Cadbury                                                                         oil on linen, 2016                                                                                                                                   by MAX SCOTTO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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.

                 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.                                                                       oil on linen, 2015                                                                                                                                  by MAX SCOTTO                                                                    

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.


                                                                            THE ARTIST


                                                                       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.
Max received private tuition on drawing, oil painting, conservation and continues to practise at the Academy of Realist Art in Edinburgh. His style and logical approach to painting is inspired by the work and techniques of the Old Masters and he is a keen student of the theory and practice of traditional oil painting.
The artist also holds a Master of Science in Housing and Regeneration, and has worked in the Scottish housing field for over a decade. His interest in social issues represents another facet of his concern for people, which has drawn him to portraiture. 

You can read more about this brilliant artist and the process he followed for this commission at the artist’s own website




                                               ' 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 THE ARTIST                       
Edward Steel Harper, RBSA (1878-1951)                   

Edward Steel Harper is known as an English landscape painter in oil.
Harper was born on 11 June 1878 in Handsworth, Birmingham. He lived most of his life at 55 Moorpool Avenue, in the Birmingham suburb of Harborne.
His father was Edward Samuel Harper (1854-1941) who was a portrait, figure and genre painter from Birmingham. Harper was the eldest of three children. All became professional artists following a family tradition.       
Edward Steel Harper was Honorary Secretary and Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA), Director of the Life Academy at Birmingham School of Art (1880-1919) and Art Critic for the Birmingham Post.
ES Harper studied at the Birmingham School of Arts, which was at the time one of the leading art schools in the world, where teaching was influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement. Later Harper has been specialized in landscape painting, using “wet white” techniques, previously pioneered by the Pre-Raphaelite painters. Harper has signed his works with a remarkable monogram, which incorporates a harp to distinguish him from his father, who had the same initials.
He became an elected member of the RBSA in 1915. Later Harper became Art Master of Wolverhampton Grammar School where he remained until his retirement in 1942. He was known to have painted 2000 pictures during his lifetime. His principal works include The Breath of Spring and Woods by the Shore, both of which were exhibited at the RBSA and were bought directly by Birmingham Art Gallery. He exhibited his paintings from 1920 to 1937 at several of leading venues, including the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, as well as the RBSA.
Works by him are represented in many public collections, including the Royal Academy of Arts and the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
Edward Steel Harper died on the 5th April 1951.




        ' 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.


                                         Bluebell Time in North Devon                                                                                                oil on board, 1986                                                                                          K L BUTCHER                      

                                 'Sailing around St Michael's Mount Cornwall                                                                              oil on canvas board, c.1980's                                                                                                                                   RICHARD BLOWEY

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.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     THE ARTIST                                           

                                                                  Richard Blowey                         

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.

                                          St Michael's Mount, Cornwall                                                                                   oil on canvas board, 1980                                                                                                                   HOLLAND HUTCHEN