In 1985, my wife and I were window shopping in the wonderful, old, Victorian Esplanade in Lord Street, Southport. At the eastern end of the esplanade is a private art gallery, that has been there as long as I can remember.
I think most people love browsing in small galleries, in the hope of finding a little treasure, to hang on a wall at home. My wife and were immediately drawn to this lovely painting. The colours and texture are quite exquisite. We purchased this painting for £85 and it has adorned our walls in London and Sydney for the past 25 years.
I have had numerous offers for the painting but I will never part with it. It is such a beguiling little gem. The artist is Marie Charlot. The signature is very common and it seems that the name is used as a collective for a series of Victorian beach scenes of women and children.
I have collected 3 more Marie Charlot paintings but this is by far the best. Some further investigation has suggested the painting is by 19th Century, Belgian artist Marie Charlot but this is improbable.
In truth, the painting has given my wife and I 25 years of pleasure. That is worth more than any provenance.
If you have any comments on the painting, I would love to hear from you. If you have any information about Marie Charlot, please email me.
My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the digital circus.