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Friday 10th December 2021

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Unusual early 20th Century Opticians trade sign, in the form of a pair of spectacles with orange lenses, 83cm wide 52cm high


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The studio easel of Anna Airy RA (6th June 1862 - 23rd October 1964), manufactured by Reeves & Sons, with adjustable height and angle mechanisms, 71cm wide, Provenance- Easel acquired from the Jack Haste Gallery, Great Colman Street Ipswich who oversaw the storage of Anna Airy's works after her death, the easel was then purchased by prominent Suffolk artist Margaret Glass. Anna Airy, was born at Greenwich, London on 6th June 1882, only daughter of Wilfred Airy (1836-1925), civil engineer, the son of Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-1892), astronomer royal; and his wife Anna, who died in childbirth, daughter of Professor Listing of Gottingen, Lower Saxony, Germany. Raised under the care of her two maiden aunts, Annot Airy and Christabel Airy, who were both artists. Airy was educated at Slade School of Art 1899-1903 alongside artists such as Augustus John and William Orpen, studying under Frederick Brown, Philip Wilson Steer and Henry Tonks. Airy was awarded a Slade scholarship in 1903 and the Melville Nettleship Prize for three consecutive years. In 1906, Anna was elected a member of the Pastel Society, in 1908 an associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, in 1909 a member of the Royal Institute of Painters, in 1913 a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and in 1918 a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, and was one of the most respected female artists of her generation. Anna exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, every year bar one 1905-1956, and at international exhibitions in Paris, Stockholm, Milan, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Some of her paintings are in the Royal collection and the Queen Mother used a reproduction for one of her Christmas cards. Airy was a member of the Ipswich Art Club, 1903-1964 where she exhibited regularly and became its first woman president. Airy married artist Geoffrey Buckingham Pocock on 18 February 1916,�who had taught at the Slade. Anna died at Playford, Suffolk on 23rd October 1964.