Landscape View of Knaresborough Yorkshire United Kingdom in the 19th Century

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Landscape View of Knaresborough Yorkshire United Kingdom in the 19th Century signed by Alfred Addy.

Really nice view of Knaresborough, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

It's signed in the lower right corner by Alfred Addy.

This painting measures 22 inches tall by 28 inches wide.

In the frame it measures 25 inches tall by 31 inches wide.

Alfred Addy was born in England but came to Boston, United States later in life.

Based on the early label it is possible this work was sold in Boston when he arrived.

It could be improved with a far better picture frame.

Alfred Addy (1866-1930).

Born January 14th, 1866 in England. His parents were William and Louisa Addy. He married Rose Dawson. He died February 8th, 1930 in Boston.

Alfred Addy was born in St. Paul's Road in 1866. He is shown in the 1901 Census as living at Cliff Villa, Otley Road, Shipley, England, and his job is listed as artist, art dealer.

He later had a studio in Harrogate.

The Royal Academy of Arts' list of contributors from 1769 to 1904 lists Addy but has his Bradford birthplace as Allingham, which looks as a misprint for Manningham.

For at least 35 years of his life he painted in and around Yorkshire and then went to America with his wife Rose in 1906. They shipped out from Liverpool on the 15,000 ton American Liner Republic, bound for New York.

By 1910 they were living in Framingham, Massachusetts.

According to Stuart Smith of Bawtry, who diligently researched Alfred Addy's background, in 1920 Addy painted a picture of the US Presidential Yacht, Mayflower. This painting is included in a book "Art In The White House, A Nation's Pride", by William Kloss, an award-winning volume chronicling nearly 500 paintings, sculptures and drawings by artists such as Georgia Okeefe and Norman Rockwell.

Mr. Smith then took up the story: Alfred went to America and many works have come up for sale around the auction houses but an American artist with the same name was given credit for his work. However, the American artist was born in 1910 and died in 1998, some years after many of the works had been painted. I purchased an artwork by Alfred - a landscape called Little Alms Cliff, North Yorkshire - and researched its history. It soon became apparent that many of the art sites had mixed up the two artists' work. I e-mailed some dealers in America and they too were aware of the mix-up. My own picture, the one on sale in America, and the one in the White House, are all water colors and bear the same signature. I should make it clear these are all low value decorative artworks which change hands for a few hundred pounds, but it was a shame a local man's work has never been given the credit it deserves.

Bio by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher and Collector, Greenville, Michigan.

Sources:

Bradford Telegraph and Argus, "Remember When" Greenhalf, Jim. March 17, 2014. (Excerpt) Plus records from Ancestry websites.

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