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George Smart Felt Pictures of Postman and Goosewoman, 
Old Bright, The Postman & Elizabeth Horne, The Goosewoman, Circa 1833-40.


George Smart Felt Pictures of Postman and Goosewoman,

Old Bright, The Postman & Elizabeth Horne, The Goosewoman,

Circa 1833-40.


The pair of pictures each depict a different picture, one The Goosewoman and the other Old Bright, The Postman.  The pictures consists of felt applied to a painted paper ground.  They were real people who lived and worked in the area near Smart’s shop. The goosewoman was a peddler called Elizabeth Horne and the postman was Old Bright, commonly seen with his donkey.


Dimensions: 15 1/4 inches x 12 1/4 inches x 1 inch deep framed (Sight:11 3/4 inches x 8 3/4 inches)


Written on back of backing paper of man- Smart/Postman/ Frant/Sussex  Postman holds message with George Smart's signature.


Known as the Tailor of Frant, business-savvy George Smart made his naïve collaged pictures such as the Goose Woman (pictured above) an important part of his business in the 1840s – though it may have started as advertising images, or creating portraits of customers wearing the clothes he had made for them, he soon realised their potential as artistic objects in their own right.


Reference:

George Smart (1774-1846) was an English tailor and Folk Artist notable for his cloth collage portraits and felt covered dummyboards. He lived in Frant, a village in East Sussex, England. His artworks were mentioned in several guidebooks of the time that encouraged tourists to visit his shop. His most notable subjects were Old Bright, the local postman and The Goosewoman. The Tunbridge Wells Museum owns nine examples of his work and Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire has two pictures.


In the summer of 2014, twenty one artworks by George Smart were included in Tate Britain's "British Folk Art" exhibition, the first time his work had been gathered together in a major gallery and in such quantity. These included all the examples of his work owned by the Tunbridge Wells Museum, Kent.


Until recently he has mostly been the subject of a few paragraphs in Folk art compendiums, but is now recognised as one of the key figures within the history of English Folk Art. Unusually for a Folk Artist, he is the known creator of over 70 different works.


The first monograph on Smart called, George Smart: The Tailor of Frant, Artist in Cloth & Velvet Figures was published in the UK in March 2016. A website devoted to the life and work of George Smart, The Tailor of Frant is now available here: georgesmartfrant.wordpress.com









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