Sunday, January 20, 2019

Stephen Lloyd MP Continues Fuller's Philanthropy

In 1822, two years before the RNLI was founded, Fuller funded the first lifeboat at Eastbourne. The "Samaritan" or "Rose" as she was variously called, performed her first service on 21 February 1833 rescuing 29 people from the "Isabella" a West Indiaman that, when en route to Madiera and Demerara, got caught in a storm off the Sussex shore.
Fast forward to 2019 and MP for Eastbourne Stephen Lloyd presents the lifeboat station with a cheque to help continue the operation that Fuller started.

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'Donation to Eastbourne RNLI:
Good to swing around to the Eastbourne RNLI Station today and drop off a £200 cheque. Whenever I get paid for speeches or interviews I ensure the cheques are made out to local charities - and you can’t get much better than our own, much loved lifeboat service!
They reminded me that last year was there busiest ever with 174 call-outs for the inshore and out-shore boats. That’s one busy Station.......
Thank you Mark (coxswain) Carl (ops manager) - and all your dedicated crew and colleagues for the work you do. You are a credit to our town, and the RNLI.
That’s it. Have a good Sunday folks. It’s a glorious sunny day in Eastbourne; a bit nippy perhaps, but ideal for a stroll along our beautiful seafront.'
Stephen Lloyd MP's Facebook Post, Sunday 20 January 2019.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Christmas at Rose Hill, Brightling


Christmas 1815

Christmas 1820

Christmas 1823

Christmas 1828

Christmas 1832

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Missing Mummy

In 1819, the Rev. Robert Fitzherbert Fuller presented the inner and outer coffins, coffin board and mummy of Iw-s-m-hes.t-mwt (previously misnamed Au-Set-Shu-Mutto the Devon and Exeter Institution. It appears that he acquired this set of 21st Dynasty artifacts while in Egypt with Col. Sir Joseph Stratton and Captain Bennett in 1817.  Born 11 Aug 1794 at East Grinstead, R. F. Fuller is the eleventh and youngest child of Jack Fuller's first cousin John Trayton Fuller.

Unfortunately, the outer coffin was lost to insect infestation before 1868 and the mummy was destroyed by cremation in 1971. The inner coffin was donated to the Egypt Centre, Swansea by the Royal Exeter Memorial Museum in the early 1980s. It underwent extensive restoration work done by the Archaeological Conservation Laboratories in the School of History and Archaeology University of Wales, Cardiff and was returned to Swansea in 1994. Iw-s-m-hes.t-mwt's mummy board was rescued from a skip by C.V. Anthony Adams (pictured above) and Robert Childs, has been restored and remains in the collection of the RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum) in Exeter. 

Monday, July 04, 2016

Turner's Watercolour of Bodiam Castle to be Auctioned by Christie's

Below are Chritie's notes included in the listing. What they do not mention is the fact that Jack Fuller purchased Bodiam Castle in 1829 in order to save it from being dismantled and used as building material by a Hastings firm. When Jack Fuller died in 1757, Bodiam Castle was left to General Sir Augustus Eliott Fuller MP, the son of Jack Fuller's cousin John Trayton Fuller.  It was Augustus Eliott Fuller's son Owen John Augustus Fuller-Meyrick who sold Bodiam Castle to George Cubitt (1828-1917), in 1864.

Lot Description
Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A. (London 1775-1851)
Bodiam Castle, Sussex
pencil and watercolour, with gum arabic and with scratching out
14¾ x 21½ in. (38 x 54.5 cm.)

John Fuller, Rosehill Park, and by descent to
Sir Alexander Acland-Hood; Christie's, London, 4 April 1908, lot 85 (480 gns to Gooden and Fox).
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 16 November 1982, lot 129.

Pre-Lot Text



Sir W. Armstrong, Turner, London, 1902, p. 243.
W.G. Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., London, 1908, I, under no. 134.
A. Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg and London, 1979, no. 428, illustrated.
E. Shanes, Turner's Rivers, Harbours and Coasts, London, 1981, no. 10, illustrated.


Petworth, Petworth House, Turner's Sussex, January-March 2013.


W.B. Cooke for Views in Sussex (unpublished).

Lot Notes

'Turner here depicts the building from across the river Rother. On the left is The Red Lion Inn (now The Castle) which dates from the 15th Century. Some women are drying the washing in the sun. Note how Turner makes the gate-post to the right of the bridge repeat the curved line of the timber bridge-supports. The drawing has a wonderful richness of tone and colour and the distant castle seems dream-like in the early morning haze.' (Shanes, op. cit., p. 20.)

For an artist whose early career and success was as a painter of topographical watercolours, the actual castle, the ostensible subject of this work, is paradoxically relegated to the mist enveloped distance. This is a feature of a number of works of the early to mid 1810s, including the oil painting of Rosehill Park, Sussex, of 1810, painted for the same patron (see below), Lowther Park, Mid-Day and Lowther Park, Evening, both exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1810,Petworth, Dewy Morning, also exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1810, and Somer Hill, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1811 (M. Butlin and E. Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, New Haven and London, 2nd ed., 1984, pp. 78-80, 82-3, 130, nos. 111-3, 116, 211, all illustrated). In addition many of the watercolours prepared for engraving by W.B. Cooke for the incomplete Views of Sussex, 1816-20 (see Wilton, op. cit., pp. 347-9, nos. 423-31) show a similar approach.

The present watercolour is one of a number of works owned by and mainly commissioned by 'Mad Jack' John Fuller, M.P. for Sussex and proprietor of Rosehill Park, Sussex. His first purchase seems to have been the oil painting known as Fishmarket on the Sands - Hastings, exhibited in Turner's own gallery in 1810 (Butlin and Joll, op. cit., pp. 73-4, no. 105, illustrated).

Fuller's accounts, in the Sussex County Records Office (see J. Brooke, 'Letter to the Editor', Turner Studies, X, no. 2, Winter 1990, p. 54) show three payments to Turner for £200, £220 and £191/7/-. on 26 July, 26 November 1810 and 8 July 1811; the first two probably represent payments for oil paintings including Fishmarket and Rosehill. Fuller went on to commission a series of watercolours of Sussex views, circa 1810-18, including a group to be published as Views in Sussex with engravings by W.B. Cooke; the publisher John Murray withdrew in 1818 after the publication of only five of the views, though the engravings of three further landscapes were at least begun including that of 'Bodiham Castle, Sussex' (as it was inscribed). These five prints were published as a projected Part I in 1820 with an emblematic frontispiece engraved by Turner himself with help from J.C. Allen (illustrated in Shanes, op. cit., p. 18) and a text by the painter Richard Reinagle. The Prospectus described the engravings as 'displaying with Truth and Effect the grand character of this picturesque part of the Coast.' The second part was to have shown 'Views in Hastings and its Vicinity'.

Turner also provided the watercolours for four large aquatints by J.C. Stadler, probably done before the Views of Sussex watercolours in 1810-11 (there are further accounts dating between 1810 and 1823 in the Fuller papers and also in Turner's Hastings and Finance sketchbooks of 1810, Turner Bequest, Tate Britain, CXI-59 and CXXII, but it is not possible to relate these to specific works.) (For the history of Fuller, Views in Sussex and related works see Wilton, op. cit, pp. 347-9, Shanes, op. cit., pp. 8-9, 13-15, 18-21, and L. Herrmann, Turner Prints, Oxford, 1990, pp. 90-94, 262, 274.)

In common with several of the series, the present composition is based on a drawing in the Vale of Heathfieldsketchbook in the Turner Bequest, Tate Britain (TB CXXXVII-6v and 7). Turner appears to have used this book on an earlier visit to Rosehill, 1810, in connection with a first small group of views for Fuller, mentioned by Farington (Diary, 21 April 1810).

Bodiam (sometimes 'Bodiham') Castle was established by a grant from King Richard II to Sir Edward Dalyngrydge, a former knight of King Edward III, in 1383. Ostensibly it was intended to defend East Sussex against French invasion during the Hundred Years' War but survived for 250 years without attack. Bodiam is a perfect example of a late medieval moated castle with impressive towers, formidable walls and a broad moat. The castle is still extant and is run by the National Trust.

We are grateful to Martin Butlin for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.