Bob’s Art Blog
BARBARA GUDRUN SIBBONS
Barbara (Gudrun) Sibbons was born in Annaberg, Silesia, Germany. After leaving school her art studies took her to Berlin, Breslau and Hamburg. Her art training was interrupted by the start of the war during which time she served as a nurse.
Two years after the war she found employment in Hamburg as a doctor’s secretary. It was in Hamburg that she met Bill Sibbons, totally by chance, on two different occasions. In 1949 they came to London and were married.
At first she worked as a laboratory assistant and painted as a hobby with her husband who was a recognised professional portrait painter. It was not long until she started to sell her painting making her debut by exhibiting on Sundays at Hyde Park railings. Some of her well known early clients included David Niven and Erroll Flynn, helping to make her an instant success.
Gudrun Sibbons has always painted landscapes, working in oils, in a distinctive continental style having been influenced by the Dutch Masters. A typical Gudrun Sibbons scene may contain a marine, coastal or river setting, often with fishing overtones and Dutch backgrounds, sailing boats and colourful figures. Other times it may be a pastoral farming background with haystacks, horses and dogs. Gudrun Sibbons’ work is full of drama with powerful skies and breathtaking light reminiscent of Turner and can have a powerful emotional, even spiritual impact. It is not surprising that it is widely sought after and features in numerous collections around the world.
GEORGE EDWARDS HERING
Born in London, he was a younger son of a German father who was a bookbinder. At an early age he lost his father. He was a clerk in a bank, but took up art as his profession.
In 1829 Hering studied in the art school at Munich, and Lord Erskine[disambiguation needed] sent him with letters of introduction to Venice. After about two years there, he travelled in Italy, and round the Adriatic to Constantinople and Smyrna. On his return to Rome he metJohn Paget, and with Paget and a Mr. Sanford went on a tour through Hungary and Transylvania among the Carpathian mountains.
Hering settled in London, where he practised as a landscape-painter for the rest of his life, paying occasional visits to Italy. He died in London in 1879. His wife was also an artist, and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1853 and 1858.
THOMAS HERBERT VICTOR
Born in Penzance, Victor was a prolific watercolour painter of West Country views, in particular harbours and street scenes. Many of his small studies feature Mousehole and Clovelly and are sometimes signed with his pseudonym, W Sands. Victor had a shop in Mousehole during the 1960s. He died in 1980 aged 85 years of age.