A Bit of Blue

Early in his career the artist, Henry Stacy Marks, was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement and produced paintings and designs influenced by medieval themes. Later he became interested in depicting birds, landscapes and portraits.

This is a portrait of Frederick Litchfield (1850-1930), an authority on antique furniture. Lichfield was a keen collector of blue and white ceramics which were considered highly desirable in the 1870s and 1880s. Here he is shown examining a K’ang Hsi (1662-1722), a type of porcelain ginger jar.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Fine Art
Collection Class
oil on canvas
Common Name
A Bit of Blue
Simple Name
Inscription Transcription
HS Marks 1877; A Bit of Blue HS Marks 15 Hamilton Terrace NW ; City of Nottingham Art Museum Nottingham Castle Special Loan Exhibition 1913-4
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Town
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Date
Production Person Initials
Henry Stacy
Production Person Surname
Production Year Low

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A Bit of Blue