In 1940-50s South-London there were few washing machines. The mother of Anthony Sargeant did not have one but she did have a cast-iron mangle such as this which was housed in the shed at the bottom of the garden. The shed was in fact a re-purposed corrugated iron from a WW2 Anderson bomb shelter. All […]
Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph In Buildwas Abbey in 2010. Originally a Cistercian Monastery near the banks of the River Severn in Shropshire, England. It was a casualty of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th Century. It is a now a magnificent and largely intact but roofless example of 12th Century architecture. It is just a few miles from Ironbridge which attracts hordes of visitors – but few venture along the river to find this beautiful quiet place which is maintained by English heritage.
Just delicious – crispy skin and firm flaky fish served with a little spiciness in the Lutenzia and stuffed hot peppers served with crushed potatoes and peas. (oh yes a few pieces of smoked artichokes)
Anthony Sargeant is holding a magnificent fresh Hake ordered from the highly recommended ‘Barkworths Sea Food’ at Shrewsbury Indoor Market. Collected yesterday it was in superb condition very firm, bright eyes and natural slime (always a good sign). Filleted into two side fillets then divided into twenty generous sized portions (9th September 2017).
Final state etching in the portfolio of etchings by William Strang RA owned by Anthony J Sargeant.
Although Strang (1859-1921) made a number of etchings of architectural and landscape subjects, these never held the same importance as those in which there was human interest. His macabre, often bewildering genre pictures ranged from the real to the fantastic and the allegorical.
During his lifetime, Dumbarton-born William Strang (1859 – 1921) built up an international reputation as a highly skilled and imaginative printmaker, portraitist and painter. His diverse subjects ranged from the fantastic to the very real, including uncompromising depictions of contemporary life and the effects of poverty and social injustice, landscapes, subjects from the bible, bewildering allegories, and narrative illustrations. He was also a prolific and highly successful portraitist.
Anthony J Sargeant often cycles the quiet lanes around his Shropshire home early in the morning – usually before 6.00am. At that time the honeysuckle in the hedges smells wonderful. It will of course soon disappear – not least when the hedge cutting starts in earnest at the beginning of September. But never mind it will reappear next year and delight with its sprawling scented blossom and succeeding red berries. (photograph taken by Tony a few days ago at 5.39am on 20th August 2017)