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Pen and Ink by John Sergeant (1937-2010) From the Diary of Francis Burney

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Pen and Ink by John Sergeant (1937-2010)
From the Diary of Fanny Burney

Frances Burney, also known as Fanny Burney and later Madame d'Arblay, was an English satirical novelist, diarist and playwright. In 1786–1790 she held the post as "Keeper of the Robes" to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, George III's queen. In 1793, aged 41, she married a French exile, General Alexandre d'Arblay

Pen and ink on Paper

18 x 14

Signed lower left


John Sergeant was born in London in 1937, after the War the family moved to Faversham in Kent. He lived in Faversham and other locations in the county before making his final move to Wales in 1983. From 1954 to 1957 John studied at the College of Art in Canterbury. It was during this period he met the acclaimed artist John Ward, who was to become a lifelong friend and supporter. In 1959, with Ward's encouragement, John entered the Royal Academy Schools, where in 1962, his final year, he won the drawing prize and married a fellow student, Carolyn Cann. Carolyn is now highly esteemed for her carefully arranged still lives. There are some examples of Carolyn Sergeant's work for sale on our website. John pursued his career to teach at Canterbury College of Art, and the Art Schools at Dover and Folkestone. He was greatly inspired by the 1981 exhibition of Interiors at Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, and he went on to secure commissions to make a series of room portraits, visiting Castle Coole, Stowell Park and Deene Park. The drawings he made of Erddig were acquired by the National Trust. The renowned London art dealer, Sir Jack Baer was a great proponent of John’s work, which he frequently exhibited at the Hazlitt gallery. Exhibitions of John's work were also held at the Mass Gallery in Clifford Street, culminating in 1992 with a show of works done in Prague, where he accompanied the Prince of Wales on an official visit. HRH The Prince of Wales first noticed John's work at the National Trust exhibition, The Long Perspective, at Agnews in 1987, in which the artist showed drawings and watercolours of Errdig House in Wales. The Prince asked him to do some drawings for his book, A Vision of Britain, in 1989.