Research - Elhanan Bicknell's art collection

Written by Marcus Bicknell on .

turner blue righiHaving completed the six years' work culminating in the Clarence Bicknell 2018 centenary I have turned my attention to his father. Elhanan Bicknell's art collection is the stuff of legend and huge value ... Clarence's one thirteenth share was enough to see him in funds for life.

I am assessing each item of Elhanan's collection, like Turner's Blue Righi, right, and those bought after his death by his son Henry Sanford Bicknell, to find out where they are now and whether they have played any part in our artistic and cultural history. I have two copies each of the catalogues of the 1863 and 1881 sales, each marked up with the sale price and other notes.If you have a copy of either, or other useful documentation and letters, please do let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to contribute copies for my research.

I start from a brilliant summary of Elhanan Bicknell and the great artist he sponsored, J.W.T.Turner by Peter Bicknell my uncle in 1987. The article is in Turner Studies from the Tate Gallery, Vol.7 No.1. Copies can be had on eBay and Amazon from time to time, but if you would like to read it please click on the link below.

Turner Studies 1987

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A preview of my work will be the subject of a presentation to the Independent Turner Society, chairman Selby Whittingham, in November 2019 in London...

    • Two Turner Collectors, Friends of Ruskin
    • Saint Cuthbert's Church, Philbeach Gardens, Earls Court, London SW5 9EB
    • Wed, 20 November 2019 at 18:30

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