Francis Vingoe (Artist)
Francis Vingoe was an artist travelling around the counties of Berkshire and Oxfordshire where he lived. He would show his paintings to a householder and offer to paint their property, there and then, for a small fee. There must be hundreds of his paintings hung in houses and farms or languishing in antique shops. If you have one and would like to add a scanned photo to the collection please get in touch.
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I have tried to identify the locations of these paintings but often this is difficult due to the physical changes to the landscape. Sometimes the houses have been demolished entirely, and modern estates or motorways built over the site.
In the last week one owner has enquired about the identity of one such painting. We know that it was located somewhere near Wokingham, but the identity is not clear. The name of 'Buckhurst House' on the London Road has been mentioned.
A 1908 postcard of 'Buckhurst House' above looks nothing like the property in the painting.
I know the owner of the painting has been researching it for a while and so I have posted it here at his request to see if anyone can readily identify the house. There are family connections to one property where the owner's family was once employed. This looked hopeful but the picture bears little resemblance to the building in question.
Another possible property has changed its name several times over the last 100 years, totally confusing the issue! It lies close to the London Road in another location, with a 'Buckhurst Farm' adjoining; see 1933 map.
The property known as 'Frog Hall' has variously been known as 'Frog Hill' & 'Waterloo'. There are pictures on line that look very like the above, and it also lies close to the London Road, but I am not sure how far away from where 'Buckhurst House' was located in 1908. Any help with location the current location of the subject of this painting would be welcome.
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Handpost Farm, Maidens Green, Winkfield, Berkshire
Francis Vingoe 1905.
Photo courtesy of Ruth J.C. Timbrell.
Above Halfway House Inn 2013.
A325 Bucks Horn Oak, Alice Holt Forest.
Hall Barn Estate, Bucks 1908.
Hall Barn Estate, Beaconsfield, Bucks in 2010.
Hall Barn Estate - Burtley Cottages 1908.
Hall Barn Estate- Burtley Cottages 2012
Now cut off from the Main House and Estate by the nearby motorway.
Barton House, East Lockinge, then in Berkshire c1911.
Barton House, East Lockinge, now in Oxfordshire 2010.
Unusual subject for Francis; a still life entitled ''Luxury with Necessity' 1911.
Poulters Bridge Cottage, Crookham Village, Hampshire 1900.
Contributor informs me the place is much the same but it looks double the size.
Beside the Basingstoke Canal before any renovation. Photo in booklet of the
Surrey & Hampshire Canal Society & Inland Waterways Association in 1968.
Poulters Bridge Cottage, Crookham Village, Hampshire 2014 Renovation complete
photo with thanks:
Recent find: not sure where it is yet! Rear view of vegetable garden.
This is the front view of the farm and yard.
Recent acquisition but contributor knows nothing of its history or location ..any ideas anyone?
Will most likely be in the Berks, Hants, Oxford, Bucks area.