G. LANCE CALKIN (1859/1936) - PAGE 1

To search for specific text on this page:- Enter your search term & 'Submit'. To repeatedly search the page, press 'ALT S' again & again as many times as may be required. But beware, once it reaches the bottom of the page, it starts all over again at the top.

Elsewhere in this total site, in one of my pages related to artist Thomas M. M. Hemy, is a print by Lance Calkin depicting the discipline of the military at the time of the sinking of the MV Birkenhead in 1852.

A famous disaster indeed. Said to be where the term 'Women and Children First' was first used. Since finding that print for my 'Birkenhead' pages, I have from time to time checked for Lance Calkin items, hoping to perhaps find additional artworks re the Birkenhead. No luck on that score, but I have come across other prints attributed to Lance Calkin. There seems to be no WWW web page that I can see featuring his work. So here at least are a few of his prints - of all different sizes & qualities, essentially just as I found them, largely on e-Bay.

Someday it would be good to add some extensive biographical material about the artist. But that must await another day. There used to be some good summary information here. But no longer. As follows:

George Lance Calkin was born in London on June 22 1859, the second of seven children. He was the son of George Calkin, a musician and composer, and Emily. Lance Calkin married Alice Annie O’Brien, the marriage being registered in Camberwell in 1891. They had three daughters.
Calkin was privately educated and attended the Slade School of Fine Art and the Royal Academy schools. His principal works were portraits of King Edward VII, King George V, Marquis of Camden and Joseph Chamberlain. His work is signed “Lance Calkin”. In 1895 he became a ROI – member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Oil Colours.

You can see two images of the artist along with lots more data about him (even a link with his very brief will) on this page, Lance's page on the most extensive Calkin family website. ('Graham Calkin's Family Tree'). Lance died Oct. 10, 1936, I read, at age 77. And similar images are on the Art Renewal site. But here they both are, cleaned up a little. The earlier image is, of course, at left.

This page used to refer to the artist moving in 1885 into 'Primrose Hill Studios opposite the Waterhouses'. The Waterhouses referred to are the family of artist John William Waterhouse. I could not spot on the page where exactly those studios were located though it presumably was in NW London.

Each thumbnail that follows is a clickable link to the image as I have it, in whatever size I have it, often very tiny indeed, or to a WWW page. And such limited descriptive words as I have about that particular work. The page will not likely ever be particularly big, I suspect, since references to his work are few & far between. Thirty-two images of different works today. I may have one or two more & will add them when time permits.

The webmaster is not an expert on the subject of art nor of artworks created by Lance Calkin. I mention that by way of introduction to a few words on the subject of his signature. His signature seems, to the webmaster to be quite distinctive. Just 'Lance Calkin' but with an unusual flourish to letters L and C and also to the 'k' in Calkin. If I come across a really good image of his signature in the future, I will present it here. For now, I direct you to three of the items below where that signature can best be seen at the image that you will come to. I refer to item #'s 18, 28, & perhaps #4 also, which numbers show when you hold your mouse over the applicable thumbnail images.

Some brief words on specific Lance Calkin images (they all are numbered - hover over each image with your mouse) & in groups of five works.


An 1899 print of the Wreck of the Birkenhead - A Story That Will Never Die. There is a lot of data on this total site about the sinking of the Birkenhead. Perhaps go to these pages 1, 2, & 3 to access that data. I trust that Lance Calkin, were he alive today, would forgive me saying that his splendid artwork is, in fact, a work of fiction & not of reality. Created of a content as was wished & demanded by the British public in those days of Empire & glory. The truth was that few of the troops made it to the deck, that none of them would have been in full uniform, indeed most of them would have arrived there virtually naked. The disaster happened at night, with great speed, when everyone was asleep below decks. That is not to say that  Lieutenant-Colonel Seton & his officers did not bring the soldiers under control. To restore order out of chaos. He & they did indeed perform that miracle. An amazing display of leadership, most certainly. But not a neat parade, in full dress uniform, as Lance Calkin depicts. - I think that Lance would agree!


The Campbells Are Coming. I see this most often as a print extracted from an unnamed (1894 I believe) art journal. One of such prints bore the following descriptive words on the rear of its picture frame, words which, it would seem, were published at the foot of the print in that unnamed art journal:

The breezy freshness of Mr. Calkin's pictures of life among the people, causes his admirers to regret that after a brief use of his brush in this style of painting he turned his attention almost exclusively to portraits. But he had already done much for his country's art, to enable England to include so spirited a scene as this in its exhibit. The bagpipes give the national Scotch music, and, as all readers of Stevenson's "Kidnapped" know, a high degree of skill may be shown in performing on them.
The pipes are especially inspiriting in military music, and the sound of "The Campbells are Coming," will bring every villager out into the street. Here we have a recruiting-sergeant, inviting, by his music, rustic ...... to Her Majesty's regiment of Highlanders. He looks full of business. He has already aroused the martial ardor of the young huntsman, who is confiding to his sweetheart his intentions to enlist. The blind old man has followed the pipes in his youth, and he steps out proudly, as though in the ranks again, as he hears the familiar sound. The piper sees him, and could he leave the pipes for a moment, he would salute the veteran. He will lose no recruits by the stories that old man will tell at the tavern to-night, of the days when he fought under the Duke of Wellington.

There is one word in the above text, that try as I may, I cannot read or decipher. A word that means 'recruits', most certainly.
It is interesting to note a) that works entitled 'The Jolly Piper' & 'The Piper' were, per 'Artprice', offered for sale on Jan. 15, 1998 & Dec. 8, 1998. Both of oil on canvas & of about 44 x 36 cm in size. Could they possibly relate to this print? b) A Lance Calkin work of this title was exhibited at The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1892-93, held in Chicago, U.S.A. c) The traditional Scottish song / regimental march? Composed in 1715, I read. d) The work was illustrated in 'Art and Artists of All Nations', published in 1903, which volume confirms that the work was exhibited at The World’s Columbian Exposition.
The print was a 2 page spread in the Feb. 13, 1892 edition of 'The Graphic'. An image of 21 x 13 in. dimensions on a page of 24 x 15 in.
Another image of the work is here.


'NO, MY BOY, I MUST BE LAST; THAT'S THE WAY AT SEA.' Do read the words on this page about this 1896 work. It would seem that the artist gave the Captain of the Goliath the face of Lance's father George! The name of the Captain of the Goliath was, I read, retired Staff Commander William Sutherland Bourchier R.N. See this page re the Goliath.
It would seem that Goliath was a wooden sailing ship of 2596 tons & 190 ft. long, built in 1842 for the British Navy. It was to be converted to steam in 1857 but that was never done, or so it would seem. In 1870, it was converted for use as a 'Forest Gate School Board' training ship for 500 pauper boys from Hackney, Poplar & Whitechapel in the East End of London. And lent by the Admiralty to the Board for that purpose. Early on Dec. 22, 1875, with more than 400 boys aboard, an oil lamp was dropped. Fire broke out & spread rapidly when the vessel was moored in the Thames estuary at Grays, Essex. One officer & 19 boys are believed to have died in the disaster, but I have also read other death numbers on the WWW. It would be good, some day, to record in these pages exactly what was reported in the U.K. press at the time (a project for another day!). It was reported in Illustrated London News, I read. Medals (which medals I wonder?) were issued to the rescuers. It would seem that the Captain, & his wife who was also aboard at the time, did survive. A relief fund (The Goliath Fund) was established by the Lord Mayor of London & on Aug. 10, 1876, all boy members of the ship's company received a leather purse containing 5 shillings. The ship? It burned to the waterline!
In May 2008, a framed painting of the work was first available via e-Bay. See also item #15 below, which is the same or at least a most similar image. It would seem that the e-Bay vendor of that item is unsure as to exactly what his painting is. It is, physically, an oil on board, 15 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches in size, in a larger frame. Do click on the thumbnail image referenced #15 below.
A rather damaged copy of the print was e-Bay available in 2010 - 23 1/2 x 19 inches in size. Which has great detail & some very fine colours indeed. The listing is long gone, however. See item 15 below. The work was featured on the cover of 'Sea Breezes' of Apl. 1987. The index to that issue stated that the work was reproduced by kind permission of Thurrock Museums Department.
There are now, in May 2020, a great many web pages that refer to the Calkin work. I searched with the title as set out above. The history of the circumstances is widely available. Framed prints of the work would seem to have been sold at public auction from GBP 20 & upwards - one print is currently (May 2020) available at the asking price of GBP 195. The text at that link tells us that Lance Calkin's signature appears to the lower left in the print - my image is not of sufficient detail to be able to see that. Further that the print was published in the second supplement of 'The Graphic' Christmas Edition of 1898. The text at the bottom of the print reads as follows, in three different sizes of capital letters:- Line 1 'AT THE BURNING OF THE TRAINING SHIP "GOLIATH" IN 1875, THE CAPTAIN WAS ENTREATED BY ONE OF THE BOYS TO SAVE HIMSELF, BUT HE WOULD NOT GO UNTIL EVERYONE HAD LEFT THE SHIP Line 2 "NO, MY BOY, I MUST BE LAST; THAT'S THE WAY AT SEA" Line 3 FROM THE PICTURE BY LANCE CALKIN All as you can see here.
It would be good to receive a quality large image of the Calkin print. From some kindly soul who can make such an image available. Of a print which, over the years, was exposed to minimal light & has retained its colours well. The 'Goliath' history surely warrants a second Calkin page to set out a tidy summary of what is known. With the Calkin image made available in all of its glory.  


Wanted! by Lance Calkin. A copy of the print was for sale in Feb. 2010 via e-Bay. And in Jan. 2015. Which listing advises that the print bears the date of Dec. 23, 1893 but does not state the specific source. Image 19 x 12 inches (32 x 22 cm.) on a page 22 x 15 inches. A 'buy-it-now' item at U.S. $19.95. The listing image, a partial image only, is of much better detail & contrast from the more complete image available for viewing above. In Jun. 2011, another copy of the print was e-Bay available. That listing told us that the double page, of approx. 40 x 28 cm. in size, appeared in 'The Graphic'. A 'buy-it-now item at U.S. $ 15.00. And another print was here. Offered at GBP 12.50.


Christian De Wet (a famous Boer leader) - Portrait by Lance Calkin. I thought I had this in a larger size but clearly I do not!


The Honeymoon First Class, a print by Lance Calkin. There was also a 'The Honeymoon Third Class' also. See item #22 below.


Celebrities of the day - The Right Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, M.P., ex The Graphic Jan. 26, 1889. A print by Lance Calkin. This print was also on the cover of Harper's Weekly in its Nov. 03, 1888 issue.


A print by Lance Calkin. I hope to be able, in the future, to locate the full title of the print since I cannot read the text on what I present. The words I was able to read are '.............. AN EVENING SCENE IN KENSINGTON GARDENS', I believe.


The Houseless Poor of London. A Midnight Scene on the Thames Embankment. An 1898 print by Lance Calkin.


THE SMALL-POX EPIDEMIC IN LONDON: A CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR TO VACCINATIONS. I have a partial image in my files, but not what perhaps is the complete image in good quality. So I show the best version that I could locate - which was available at 'The Wellcome Trust' in the U.K., in a 'pdf' which used to be (no longer) available here. And also on page 3 of that 'pdf'. There entitled 'The Public Vaccinator'. I trust my using the image is in order. If not I will remove it from the pages & substitute my partial image until a complete image turns up! It looks to be quite clear that the print was published in the Feb. 1, 1902 edition of 'The Graphic', as an illustration to an article with an image (& maybe an article) of title as in bold above. The page from 'The Graphic' was sold via e-Bay in Mar. 2008 for GBP 14.99. It may well have been published elsewhere, also.


Mrs. Langtry as 'Cleopatra' - Drawn from life by Lance Calkin. From the Feb. 21, 1891 issue of 'The Graphic' - Lillie Langtry, professional name of Emilie Charlotte le Breton (1852-1929), English actor of striking beauty. A copy of the print, listed for U.S. $38.48 but later withdrawn, is available here.


Portrait of King George V. The original, a 'reduced copy', is in National Portrait Gallery in London. In the 'Primary Collection' which sounds like it is on permanent display at the National Portrait Gallery.


A trade that was always brisk in Mafeking: Natives selling fragments of Boer shells. A print from 'The Graphic' of Jun. 2, 1900. Re the Boer War. Drawn by Lance Calkin from a photograph.


Widowed and Fatherless. I understand that this was a double page print published in 'The Graphic' in an 1896 issue. The image I have is from a long expired e-Bay item.


See item # 3 above. A work that was still available, in Sep. 2010, in an e-Bay item now long gone.


Chelsea Pensioners In Discussion thought To Be During The Boer War. An oil (Oil on canvas en grisaille) of 16.4 x 21.8 inches in size (or 41.7 x 55.3 cm). Sold for GBP 538 (approx U.S. $989) on Apl. 6, 2004 at Bonhams, U.K. The work was, I read, presented in a 1901 issue of 'The Graphic', with the title "FIGHTING HIS BATTLES OVER AGAIN": CAMPAIGNERS PAST & PRESENT. A long expired e-Bay item. The tiny words above the title may read 'A COLONIAL TROOPER AND AN ATTENTIVE BUT CRITICAL AUDIENCE AT CHELSEA HOSPITAL.' Another copy of the print was e-Bay available in Mar. 2012. here.


Celebrities of the Day - The Right Hon George J. Goschen, M.P. An expired e-Bay item listed a wood-engraved portrait of the Right Hon. George J. (Joachim) Goschen, M.P. 1831/1907. 23 1/2 x 16 inches in size. Dating from 1890. A centre fold so maybe from a contemporary journal. I could not read the title at the foot of the print. A person of most considerable prominence. Became Chancellor of the Exchequer, & later Viscount Goschen of Hawkhurst, Kent. See here for biographical detail.
However, another copy of what looks like the very same print was, but is no longer e-Bay available. From which I read that the print is entitled 'Celebrities of the Day - The Right Hon George J. Goschen, M.P.' & underneath in small type 'Drawn from life by Lance Calkin'. Though the listing title references 1890 also, this copy of the print was perhaps published in 'The Graphic' in 1899. A copy of the print was e-Bay available in Jun. 2010. 14 x 20 in. on a page 15 x 23 in., the vendor advised. A fold out page from Vol LXI of 'The Graphic' in 1889. Offered at GBP 20.00. And another was here, offered at U.S. $40.00.


A print entitled THIRD CLASS, A STUDY OF CHARACTER, image 11 3/4 X 8 3/4 inches on a page of 16 x 12 inches. It would seem that Lance Calkin may have created a series of railway related prints. For 'The Graphic' or a similar publication, perhaps.


Two Invalids a famous work indeed - signed - 55½ x 44½ inches or 141 x 113 cm. in size - sold twice in recent years. It sold at Christies, London, on Nov. 28, 2000 for £35,250 (thanks so much 'antiquesbulletin.com', which seems however, in late Dec. 2007 no longer to exist). The work may well, today, be in a private collection. It would seem to also have been offered earlier, on Jun. 3, 1999, though if it sold & the sale value that day escapes me). Images of the work are in a number of places on the WWW (1, 2) & probably in many more places also.


A print ex e-Bay, in Jun. 2007, apparently with the words 'The lord make us truely thankfull' and also 'From the painting by Lance Calkin'. 32cm by 26.5cm, including the frame. So the print was rather smaller than that. I have provided the image since the e-Bay listing is now long gone.


'The Young Shepherdess' - another famous work - signed - 36 x 27 7/8 inches or 91.5 x 71 cm. in size. The work was sold recently, on Jun. 19, 2002, and may be in a private collection today. I must say that in my lifetime I have seen many shepherds & shepherdesses. But never have I seen one dressed as Lance shows his 'young shepherdess'! Prints are available in a great many places.


'The Honeymoon Third Class' - a print by Lance Calkin. I present the best image of the print I today have, ex a long expired e-Bay item. See also item #6 above. A pair of prints, published together, one above the other, in an edition of 'The Graphic', of date unknown. I will provide a better and larger image of the print, as and when it comes to hand. Can you help in that regard?


'In the Land of Nod' - another famous work - signed - 31.9 x 49 1/2 inches or 81 x 127 cm. in size. The work was sold at Christies, in London, on Mar. 20, 1998 - ex Neil Fraser Galleries, perhaps, of 4 Market Place, Macclesfield. The work may have been exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1894, item #778.


'Cheering the King on Coronation Day: The Chelsea Pensioners on Constitution Hill'. The Aug. 16, 1902 edition of 'The Graphic', contained a print by Lance Calkin so entitled, a full page in the issue. The print/page was available in early 2008 via e-Bay. The webmaster would wish to be able to show the print in good size & quality in these pages, but that will be possible only when a suitable image comes to hand. For the moment all I have is the thumbnail above.


The title of this work would seem to be unknown and maybe it never had one. A work by Calkin was available at the bottom of page 14 of a 'Nigel Stacy-Marks Ltd.' 2002 exhibition 'pdf' file. (Thank you Nigel Stacy-Marks Ltd! - site no longer operative). Entitled 'Young shepherd guarding his flock'. Oil on canvas and 14 x 21 inches in size. I suspect that this is the very same work that was on sale on May 23, 2002 listed by 'Artprice' as being 'Shepherd resting with his Flock by a lake',  & also on Sep. 26, 2007 (did not sell) as being 'Young Sheperd with his Flock', (not the webmaster's spelling!). Both of 35.6 x 53.3 cm in size.


'Sir Forrest Fulton, Q.C., Common Sergeant of London'. A portrait exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1893. Per an expired Nov. 2008 e-Bay item, an illustration of 12 x 9 inches in size, of the Calkin work which appeared in 'The Royal Academy Pictures' of 1893.


'Running the gauntlet of the customs: an officer finds his suspicions confirmed'. Per an Oct. 2008 e-Bay item, a Calkin 'landscape' illustration of 19 x 12 inches in size, on a page of 22 x 15 inches. The vendor indicated that the print was too large to scan & that the listing image was of a section only of it. The print bears the printed date of Feb. 23, 1895 but did not state the specific source, which would probably have been 'Illustrated London News' or 'The Graphic'. A 'buy-it-now' item at U.S. $19.95.


'Celebrities of the Day - The Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon', Pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Per a Jan. 2009 e-Bay item, a Calkin wood engraving ex the Nov. 15, 1890 edition of 'The Graphic'. In size, (the full page I think), 23 x 15 5/8 in. The item sold for U.S. $20.50.


'AFTER AN EASTER RACE-MEETING: A PROFESSOR OF THE THREE-CARD TRICK AT WORK IN A RAILWAY CARRIAGE' A double-page magazine engraving ex an Apl. 1893 edition of 'The Graphic'. Per an Apl. 2009 e-Bay item. Vendor states 22 x 16 in. in size, including the border.


A page from a book of autographs & sketches dating from 1900/1927. Described as being a 'sketch from portrait of Sir John Tenniel by Lance Calkin'. Sir John Tenniel (1820/1914) was a most famous illustrator particularly noted for his illustrations in Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' & 'Through the Looking-Glass'. Per a May 2009 e-Bay item.


A 'Calkin' oil painting of John James Audubon (1785/1851) is here at the Natural History Museum site. Click on the image to see the work in a larger size. Or click here.
A little lower on this page, I refer to photographs of Lance Calkin paintings. This particular item is a photograph by Letchworth photographer Julian A. Tayler of Calkin's portrait of Audubon, possibly taken in the early years of the 20th century. A 6 x 8 in. photo mounted on a card 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. in size, signed by 'Tayler' & with a description of the work ('John J. Audubon by Lance Calkin') in the artist's handwriting. The vendor, 'nightingalerd' indicates the photograph was either shot in the William Gray Photographic Studio, Bayswater, London, or the Studio of Calkin. An e-Bay item in Aug. 2009.


Memorial service for General Gordon at Khartum. An oil on canvas of 92 x 71 1/2 cm. The work was offered for sale in the U.K. at two auctions in 2009. On Apl. 22, 2009 & on Sep. 15, 2009. The work was not sold on either occasions. Can anybody tell us more about the work?


PARTRIDGE SHOOTING - A GOOD DAY OVER THE TURNIPS Drawn by Lance Calkin. A print, published in 'The Graphic' in an October issue of a year. But which year? The date is illegible in the image I can provide. Ex a long expired e-Bay item. Can anybody tell us more? another copy of the print was available here in Jan. 2011. The item, for sale at U.S. 24.99, was withdrawn from sale. The vendor stated the publication date to be 1902.


THE MOST REVEREND EDWARD WHITE BENSON, DD, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY Drawn by Lance Calkin. A double page print, published in an 1895 issue of 'The Graphic'. Ex an Apl. 2012 e-Bay item. The item, for sale at GBP 12.50 or U.S. 19.10, was withdrawn from sale. Can anybody tell us more?


A Midday Rest in St Paul's London Drawn by Lance Calkin. A double page print, published in the Dec. 21, 1895 issue of 'The Graphic'. Ex an Apl. 2012 e-Bay item. The item, for sale at GBP 9.99 or U.S. 15.27, was withdrawn from sale. In Nov. 2020, as this page is updated, copies of the print are e-Bay available - here & here. Can anybody tell us more?


A 'Calkin' work - 'Salmon Poachers' - was featured in Illustrated London News, in its issue dated Apr. 30, 1892, respecting works shown at the Royal Academy. Included was, I understand, 'Salmon Poachers'. Don Kurtz confirms that that title is correct, as per an 1892 Lance Calkin letter, a letter that you can in fact read via this Art Renewal link. Thank you Don! The most modest image I am able to provide is from an e-Bay item in Jun. 2010 featuring 2 pages from that 'ILN' issue. Hopefully, one day, a good sized image of the work will emerge.


THE END OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON : NIGGER MINSTRELS RETURNING TO LONDON FROM THE SEASIDE An illustration from an 1893 issue of 'The Graphic'. From an e-Bay item in Jun. 2011 in which the vendor declined to use a word today considered to be most offensive. A word which, however, seems to me to be appropriate in reporting the title of an image published in 1893. 'Calkin' seems to have been unusually fond of train travel - many of his works above are illustrations set in compartments of English trains. The item, for sale at U.S. $12.00, was withdrawn from sale.


THE WAR AND THE QUEEN'S SHILLING - A SCENE OUTSIDE ST. GEORGE'S BARRACKS An illustration from the Oct. 28, 1899 issue of 'The Graphic'. From an e-Bay item in Jan. 2011. The item, for sale at U.S. 24.99, was withdrawn from sale.


WITH METHUEN'S FORCE - STORMING A KOPJE An illustration from a Jan. 1900 issue of 'The Graphic', maybe Jan. 25, 1900?. From an e-Bay item in Jan. 2011. The item, for sale at U.S. 18.09, was withdrawn from sale.


THE DARK SIDE OF VICTORY - A DAILY SCENE AT THE WAR OFFICE A half-page illustration from a Nov. 4, 1899 issue of 'The Graphic'. From an e-Bay item in Jan. 2011. The item, offered at U.S. $18.69 was withdrawn from sale.


LONDON OUT OF THE SEASON - A MID-DAY SCENE AT ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD An illustration from an 1897 issue of 'The Graphic'. From an e-Bay item in Apl. 2012. The item may then have been withdrawn from sale. A copy of the print is available again, in Nov. 2020, here.


VOCALISTS OF TO-DAY An illustration from an 1892 issue of 'The Black and White', a U.K. weekly newspaper. An e-Bay item in early Apl. 2013, now long gone.


An untitled portrait of a seated young girl. Was sold via e-Bay in late Feb. or early Mar. 2013, at a best offer price of less that U.S. $750.00 - at a page now long gone.


A portrait of the mountain climber Edward Whymper, of Matterhorn fame was exhibited by Lance Calkin at the 1894 Royal Academy exhibition. The image I present is from a 'pdf' file that used to be made available by the University of Toronto Libraries. Wikipedia makes the image available via here.


THE HALF-YEARLY GENERAL COURT OF THE GOVERNOR AND COMPANY OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND An illustration from an 1891 issue of 'The Black and White', a U.K. weekly newspaper. An e-Bay item in mid Apl. 2019 & May 2020.


'THE LONDON SKATING CLUB IN THE GROUNDS OF THE ROYAL TOXOPHILITE SOCIETY, REGENT'S PARK' An illustration from the Dec. 31, 1891 issue of 'The Graphic'. From an e-Bay item in May. 2020, which offered three skating prints for sale. At U.S. $12.50 for all three prints. Do drop by! The prints are beautiful. Were I a little younger, I would have by now bought those 3 prints - but I am of an age where I must dispose of 'stuff' rather than acquire more. In passing, it looks as though many of the individuals in the Calkin image are identified by person, in the small text at the bottom of the print.

More when I have more! Actually I do have a few additional items which I'll add in when time permits.

Lance Calkin's work visible on the WWW?

1. The National Portrait Gallery in London, England, has one of his works on line which is not listed on this modest page. Go here. An oil on canvas of Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel. 29 1/2 x 22 5/8 inches in size. On display at the Palace of Westminster in London. It would be good to have the Arthur Wellesley Peel image on site, but that may very well be too costly for this informational & non-profit site, at least from the above source. The image is also now available here.
2. The Art Renewal Centre (ARC) has 2 images of the artist on their page - click on 'Images of the Artist'. Both courtesy of Mr. Don Kurtz, Director of Photographic Resources at ARC. But now see images of the artist at the top of this page. They also have no less than 38 images of the artist's work, all visible here.
3. A modest photograph of a portrait of John Hughlings Jackson is here.
4. I did find more auction data - here. No images freely available:
i) 'Portrait of a WW1 Officer' a 1917 oil painting of 30 x 24 inches (did not sell on Mar. 14, 2006 at Gorringes, Worthing, U.K.). Estimated sale price of GBP 500 to 800.
ii) 'The Park Bench' an oil painting of 28 x 36 inches in size. Did not sell on Mar. 4, 2004 at Christies, South Kensington, U.K. Estimated sale price of GBP 6,000 to 8,000. An image is here.
5. From another site which I seem to have now lost:
A portrait of 'John Freeney of the moat, Berkswell'. (what does that mean, I wonder?) Signed & dated 1908. An oil on canvas, 62.5 x 53.5 cm. in size. Jan. 2005 sale estimate (Bonham's Oxford) GBP 200 to 300.
6. An image of a work by Lance Calkin of John Feeney (1839/1907) is here. A prominent citizen of Birmingham, I read - 'the founder of the Birmingham Daily Mail and the proprietor of the Birmingham Daily Post and the Birmingham Weekly Post.'

There may very well be more references. I will add them into the page as I find them.

If any visitor can clarify (or correct) or provide more information about any of the matters mentioned on this page, I would truly welcome their help.

OTHER WORKS BY LANCE CALKIN, just titles, or whatever I have, at this moment.

i) 'Wolf and his Hobby - Lance Calkin', a print published in 'The Graphic', in 1889. I have seen, via an e-Bay listing, a most modest image of the page in which the print appears. The 'hobby' would seem to be falconry or hawking, since 'Wolf' seems to have a bird of prey sitting on his right arm. Who was 'Wolf', I wonder? I think he may have been Joseph Wolf, an animal painter & one of Lance Calkin's friends.
ii) 'Daffodils', a print that I have only seen in an insignificant size. In the hope that you might be able to help. 'Illustrated London News' in its issue dated Jan. 1, 1887 contained a G. Lance Calkin print entitled 'Daffodils' - exhibited at The Winter Exhibitions on Suffolk Street, in London. Is it possible that you can provide a good sized image of it? The 'Daffodils' image in ILN would be quite small, the ILN page containing seven small images & some considerable text. So about 1/10 of the ILN page. 'Daffodils', is, I believe, vertical in format & shows a finely dressed figure, a lady, in a field surrounded (presumably) by flowering daffodils.


In recent months (written in Jan. 2008), a great many photographic images of 'Calkin' works have been available via e-Bay. And to this point I have not referenced the items in any way. I must confess that I am confused! Was he a photographer also?

Lance Calkin clearly had a studio in London & painted an amazing number of people in his career in that London studio - politicians, military men, authors, actors, society, the like. That I understand. But it would seem that Calkin's studio also photographed the resulting paintings & sold photographs of them also? Or most certainly published them. So it would seem.

The photographic images are from 'a large collection of Society portraits from the Studio of London artist Lance Calkin and not been seen since the 1950s.' The vendor, 'nightingalerd', purchased them, we are advised, in the early 1980s. All most interesting. We sincerely thank that vendor & invite site visitors to contact the vendor should you wish to acquire any of the items - which are (or were) physically in Aignes et Puypéroux, France, it would appear (or maybe in Delray Beach, Florida).

Now the purpose of this site, is not really to feature photographs of Lance Calkin's works. It might be appropriate, however, for the subject of the various works to be listed here, as a partial key to what is 'out there' by way of paintings, still to be found.

So here are some, at least, of them, available in 2008. There were, in past months, a great many more!

Brecknock & Pratt. Earl Brecknock & Lady Irene Pratt. Children of the Marquis of Camden.
Burden. Capt. Burden, Royal Flying Corps WWI.
Burton. Sir Alfred H. Burton.
George V. At Buckingham Palace. Related to item #12 above?
Hale. Mrs. Sherwood Hale. A second print also. Link no longer is operative.
Harvest. Mr. Daniel Harvest dating from 1892.
Ironside. Field Marshal William Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside, GCB, CBE, CMG, DSO (1880/1959), commander of British forces in Persia in 1920/21. Went on to serve as Chief of the Imperial General Staff during the early part of WW2.
Leeds. The Duke of Leeds, possibly the 9th or 10th Duke of Leeds.
Morgan.Colonel Clive Morgan. Link is no longer operative.
Wolf. Joseph Wolf, Wildlife Illustrator.


Should you wish to use data from this page, you should know that I claim no ownership to any of the page's content. It is here to add to the body of knowledge about the artist. And solely for that purpose. But .... I cannot grant you permission to use what I myself do not own!

Also .... I claim no rights with respect to my own scans of the two modest 'Calkin' prints that I do own. Essentially all I did was hit the 'scan' button, & then (since both were very large) did some blending of the resulting partial images! How can others claim copyright re what is truly a purely mechanical scanning exercise today? If I can do it, I can tell you truthfully that it takes no creative talent whatsoever, which creative input is, I have always understood, the whole purpose of the copyright laws. Yes?

To the Special Pages Index.