An entrancing scene of turkeys grazing in the lush fields of Sussex, by a British artist with an unusual last name, Charles I’Anson (that is an I not an L). Art measures 20 x 32, frame 30 x 36.
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Dear 4me2no, Thanks to the valuable hint provided in the excellent comment by loudnotes-ga, I was able to do additional research in the library as well as online. Now I am absolutely sure that the painter you are searching is indeed Charles I'Anson (with the "I`" not being a middle initial, but part of the family name). Unfortunately, even hours of extensive reseach did lead to modest results only; actually, information on Charles I'Anson is very hard to find. But here is what I could get: Charles I'Anson was born in London (Marylebone District, Middlesex) in September 1849 as the first child of Charles I'Anson (also written as J'Anson and Anson) and Sarah Caroline Matthews. He later became a landscape painter, working in London. His career as an artist surely started well before 1875, because from that year on he often participated in art exhibitions in London. Obviously, Charles I'Anson enjoyed a certain reputation as a painter since his works were shown at exhibitions of the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, the New Water-Colour Society, the New English Art Club, and other institutions. The favorite subject of his paintings were depictions of imaginative landscapes and coastal sceneries as well as motifs from the Counties of Yorkshire, Hampshire, Suffolk, Sussex, Dorset, and South Wales. His last known activities as a painter date from 1905; though I did not find his date of death, it seems possible that he died that year or short time later. Charles I'Anson is mentioned in the following sources: Algernon Graves: Dictionary of artists who have exhibited works in the principal London exhibitions from 1760-1893. Published by Henry Graves, London, 1895. Algernon Graves: The Royal Academy of Arts. A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and their Works from its foundation in 1769 to 1904, vol. IV. London, 1906. Catalog of the Royal Academy of Arts, 1905. Jane Johnson: Works exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists, 1824-1893 and the New English Art Club, 1888-1917. An Antique Collectors' Club research project. Published by Woodbridge, Suffolk / The Antique Collectors' Club, 1975. ISBN: 0902028359. Christopher Wood: The Dictionary of Victorian Painters. Published by Woodbridge, Suffolk / The Antique Collectors' Club, 1978. Two volumes. Here is the only example of Charles I'Anson's work I could find: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/auctions/ebay/48985 (Source: LiveAuctioneers.com) Though credited to "C. I. Anson" in the description, this watercolor marine scene is without any doubt actually signed "C. I'Anson". The unusual surname can be misread easily. Most of the biographical information above derives from these two German art encyclopedias: Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler, vol. 18. Hans Vollmer, editor. Published by Verlag E. A. Seemann, Leipzig, 1925. Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon. Bio-bibliographischer Index A-Z, vol. 5. Published by K. G. Saur Verlag, München/Leipzig, 2000. ISBN 3-598-23915-7. In addition, I used these online sources: Free BMD: British Civil Registration Database of Births, Marriages, and Deaths http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl I'ANSON International: Descendants of Edward I'Anson http://www.ianson-international.org.uk/england/edward.html I hope that the information I was able to find will help you. Very best regards, Scriptor