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Postby erica » Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:03 am

Hi, I have attached a picture of a painting of a junction of two streets in Chelsea, Upper Cheyne Row and Lawrence St. The painting belonged to my grandmother who was a Chelsea resident all her life. What I'd like to know is if anyone might know anything about the artist. The name in the corner of the painting is Oakman or a C Akman, who I thought may be a local artist. I have done an internet search of both names but with no results. Can anyone help?

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RE: Painting of Chelsea

Postby zippy1 » Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:26 am

[:)] Hi erica!
I've been doing a bit of hunting on your behalf for Oakman/C Akman. I seem to have found a little bit of information, not sure how useful or not it is! I Googled 'Oakman' and found a link to 'artnet'. This gave me an initial of 'J', not sure what it stands for, male/female. On 'artnet' there was only one result for J. Oakman and this piece of work was entitled 'Peter, a budgerigar an oval landscape'. It was sold by Bonhams Chelsea on Thursday March 11 1993 [Lot 83]. Unfortunately there is no illustration :o( I then looked at the Bonhams site and the 'past sales' category didn't go as far back as 1993.
I also Googled 'Chelsea art, J. Oakman'. This gave me a link to a PDF, which mentioned a J. Oakman on page 4 who seems to have original prints/paintings (?) in a Chelsea Library. This bit of info was less clear as to what was where. It's a coincidence that Chelsea seems to feature in all the info bits I've found! Maybe a local library in Chelsea has some records of Oakman or maybe a local art specialist... good luck finding out, I would love to know how you get on...
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RE: Painting of Chelsea

Postby zippy1 » Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:00 am

Hello again![:)]
I've been doing a bit more research since writing to you a few minutes ago...
I seem to have found that a possible name for 'Oakman' is Josephine M. There was a print sold called 'Oakley Street, Cheyne Walk' in 1992, as this sounds like it is on the doorstep of Upper Cheyne Row this seems to be the most likely candidate for 'Oakman'. Again, no illustration available!
Let me know if you find anything, especially a picture of her artwork...
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RE: Painting of Chelsea

Postby erica » Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:03 am

[:D] Hello Rachel,
Thanks for your help. I looked up all the info that you mentioned and yes Jospehine M Oakman must be the artist of my picture. Coincidentally I had bought a book called 'Chelsea Past' by Barbara Denny and hadn't had the chance to look at it yet and when I did, the same evening after my post on the forum but who should be mentioned in the back of the book but Josephine May Oakman! It seems that she was a Chelsea resident for 45 years and also kept a diary during the Blitz which is stored in the Chelsea borough archives and extracts of which are in this book. I googled her full name today and her diaries are also mentioned on a website - [link=http://www.inthefirstperson.com]www.inthefirstperson.com[/link] which is a collection of 'British and Irish Womens Letters and Diaries'. However it is only possible to read the diaries if you belong to one of the subscribing institutions.
In the book 'Chelsea Past' that I mentioned above there is also a small print which I have attached for you to have a look at. I'm hoping to go up to Chelsea to do some family tree research so I will pop into Chelsea Library and see if it is possible to have a look at some of her prints which are mentioned in the link to the PDF which you found. It would be interesting to see other works by her. Again, thanks for all your help.
Are you researching your family tree?
Regards
Erica

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RE: Painting of Chelsea

Postby zippy1 » Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:26 am

[:)]Hi erica!

Strange coincidence about your book 'Chelsea Past' and Josephine May Oakman being mentioned in it! I'm glad some of the information I found may have been of some help. Thanks for the attached picture of the 'temporary bridge' over the Thames, apart from your original picture, it's great to see other prints by her.
I too am doing research of my family history. My family name is Skinner and they seem to be concentrated around the Worcestershire and Wolverhampton area as far as I've discovered. There are other names on that big ol' tree but I have to tell myself to stick to one name and discover what I can before 'branching out'!!! Good luck when you get to Chelsea finding more of her prints and on researching any family history... if you don't mind, I would love to know how you get on.
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RE: Painting of Chelsea

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