Portraits of the Past: Leonard Parker Gamgee

For the past few months, Biddle & Webb have been delighted to store a fascinating collection of portraits, courtesy of the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. Painted by various artists between the 19th century and mid-20th century, the portraits depict prolific surgeons working in Birmingham hospitals during this period. Before the collection is put to auction,…

Portraits of the Past: John Hall-Edwards

For the past few months, Biddle & Webb have been delighted to store a fascinating collection of portraits, courtesy of the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. Painted by various artists between the 19th century and mid-20th century, the portraits depict prolific surgeons working in Birmingham hospitals during this period. Before the collection is put to auction, we would…

Portraits of the Past: William Withering

For the past few months, Biddle & Webb have been delighted to store a fascinating collection of portraits, courtesy of the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity. Painted by various artists between the 19th century and mid-20th century, the portraits depict prolific surgeons working in Birmingham hospitals during this period. Before the collection is put to auction, we would…

JOHN VERNAL (1914-2002) ‘Multi-talented and humble’

Jim Vernal, 2019 (Artist’s son) John Vernal, a religious Christian and devoted member of the Scripture Union.  He was a lover of poetry, mythology and folklore.  A conscientious objector, he won his appeal and did not fight in the war on the grounds of conscience. Last week I was honoured to meet with the family…

George Weissbort: A Modern Traditionalist

George Weissbort was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1928 – at five years old he and his family moved to London. Initially training under Arthur Segal, during the Second World War Weissbort attended the central School of Arts and Crafts. It was there he studied under tutors such as Bernard Meninsky, John Farleigh, Ruskin Spear…

Mid-Year Update

What a year so far. Its difficult to know where to start. I could talk about our commercial success and about the steady increase in our weekly sales. I could also talk about the success of our property sales and the rise in jewellery and watches from our new valuation office in the Jewellery Quarter. However…

Authenticity of a Painting

“It is the triumph of the individual over art – the zenith of an original voice”. Miles Patrick Yohnke Authenticity in art is the different ways in which a work of art or an artistic performance may be considered authentic: the correct identification of the author of a work of art or to how closely…

TO THE FUTURE!

James Quarterman I’m in my third and final year of undergraduate study, where I have specialised in the history of artworks produced in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Italy and Northern Europe, and nineteenth-century European capitals (with a bit of twentieth/twenty-first century British and American modern art on the side). These periods of art history have always…

Probates

Probate valuations are a very important service we offer at Biddle & Webb. A probate has to be undertaken with professionalism, sensitivity, organisation and speed from start to finish. So we start with the initial first telephone call or sometimes e-mail, either from a Solicitor or Executor to an estate. The most frequently asked questions…

Probates: Where do you Start?

Organising the deceased estate of a loved one is often a stressful and distressing time. The probate process can seem quite a daunting prospect; where do you start, how do you effectively administer an estate and its contents? As a probate and asset valuer I am used to visiting households across the midlands, assisting executors…