George Charlton – Mr Weston’s Good Wine (1927)

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Original illustration; frontispiece to ‘Mr Weston’s Good Wine’ by T.F.Powys 1st published 1927 by Chatto and Windus, London. Pencil, pen and black ink with touches of white, unsigned. Framed and glazed. Provenance: Acquired by Ian Kellam (friend of the artist) from George Charlton’s wife Daphne, c1980.


Mr Weston’s Good Wine is the unusual tale of the struggle between the forces of good and evil in a small Dorset village. Its action is limited to one winter’s evening when Time stands still and the bitter-sweet gift of awareness falls upon a dozen memorable characters. During the book a child knocked down by his car is miraculously brought back to life; the sign ‘Mr Weston’s Good Wine’ lights up the sky; and the villagers soon discover that the wine he sells is no ordinary wine.

On the evening of November 20, 1923, an old Ford car stops on a hill overlooking Folly Down, a village in western England. Within the car Mr. Weston, a wine merchant, confers with Michael, his assistant, about possible customers in the village. They have a large book that list the names of the inhabitants, and Michael has detailed knowledge about them, which only a supernatural being could possess. As they talk, their coming is forecast to the village of Folly Down by an electrical sign displayed atop the car…

The illustration and two other pictures by the artist were acquired from Ian Kellam, born in Sheffield, England in 1933. As a young chorister he studied with Dr. Tustin Baker, organist at Sheffield Cathedral. He later studied with Herbert Sumsion at Gloucester Cathedral, and then with Howard Ferguson at the Royal Academy of Music in London. At the time he was studying at The Royal Academy of Music where he met Daphne Charlton who then introduced him to Stanley Spencer. They became good friends and Ian would often play the piano at Stanley’s home.

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6½ in x 8 in. (16.3 cm x 20.5 cm.)

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12 in x 13¼ in. (30.5 cm x 33.8 cm.)


Charlton, George (1899-1979)

Painter of landscapes, humorous genre and illustrator. Born 18 February 1899 in London. Studied at the Slade School from 1914 and joined the staff there 1919. Taught at Willesden School of Art 1949–59 and has been an examiner in Art for the University of London school examinations since 1931. Exhibited at the N.E.A.C. from 1916, member 1926 and Hon. Treasurer 1958. First one-man exhibition at the Redfern Gallery 1924. His wife Daphne Charlton, who survived him until 1991, was for many years a close associate of the painter Stanley Spencer. Charleton's house in Hampstead, North London, was described as "an Aladdin's cave of pictures". The artist Evan Charlton was George's brother.