Archive for John and Ursula Cragg

Our online exhibition of naive pictures

I have been a bit remiss, in writing this, my blog.
We have changed Webb designer so the website has been completely overhauled and now has a slightly new look and should prove to be more efficient for all.
Obviously these changes have taken us some time to implement that is why there has been no blogging recently.

Our main news is we now have a date for our online exhibition of naive pictures. This will begin on the 1st October 2013.
‘Extremely pleased’ is a summary of the way I feel about the quality and diversity of the pictures we have collected for this event. Most of the exhibits have British origins although having said that, three of them have come from America – including a naive portrait of a gentleman. There is also a striking naive landscape of a rural Pennsylvanian community which is housed in a fabulous burr Yew-wood frame. Additionally there is a small Indian ink drawing of an English Man-of-war which is the work of one Moses Sperry who kept a diary which he began in 1801. He liked to embellish his Chronicles with naive sketches including shipping that he may possibly have seen in Long Island Sound. His home was in Southbury Connecticut and according to his log he seems to have spent an awful lot of time chopping wood!

A further marine picture we have is possibly the star of the show and is illustrated in James Ayres book ‘200 Years of Naive English Art’
For those of you with an interest in local works we have a family portrait of John and Ursula Cragg and their seven surviving children. This is a small but very detailed interior scene giving an excellent idea of what domestic life was life 200 years ago. The painting is in oil and on a quarter-sawn oak panel.

John Cragg who came from Horsham became Horologist to the Admiralty and as a teenager was apprenticed to Charles Smith a clockmaker in Dove Ct. of Lombard street, London. Part of Johns apprenticeship fees a premium of £21 was paid by Christs Hospital School.
Ursula Cragg was a cousin to Elizabeth Batts the wife of Captain James Cook and the Cragg children featured in Elizabeth cooks will.