Work at Woolley Hall for Sir Godfrey
Thanks to the Brotherton Library Archive Leeds University
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biographical timeline suggests that in 1807 Agostino
decorated the Banqueting rooms for Sir Godfrey Wentworth. and then in 1814
he decorated the Drawing room. He did seem to specialise in this type of
work and his move into this field may have been influenced by his earlier
work in the theatre world.
The book - Woolley Hall - drawn painted and etched by A Aglio
This book was produced within a year of the book of 6 prints of Bolton Abbey and its Environs, lithographs based on the drawings of C.Cope. It seems likely that Aglio knew Charles Cope, an art teacher in Leeds and a watercolour artist who was the father of Charles West Cope, 1811-1890, whom he named after his friend Benjamin West 1738-1820, second President of the Royal Academy. Charles Cope named his daughter Ellen as Ellen Turner after his friend J M W Turner, 1775-1851. Sadly C.Cope died in a stage coach accident in 1827.
A brief glance at the life and work of Charles West Cope indicates that he and Aglio were in some respects working along similar lines.
In 1845 Aglio took on the task of redecorating the Drawing room and in 1847, at the age of 60, he decorated 2 ceilings for the Library and Dining Room. There is a serious possibility that he was helped with this work by his son Augustine as happened in 1848 when he did his last major decoration work at the Olympic Theatre, a year before he was paralysed with a stroke.
Decorations for Woolley Hall done in Encaustic similar to that done in the Pompeian Room at Buckingham Palace, in 1844.
A painting found loose in one copy of the Woolley Hall book.
In one copy of the book, there was found this painting with no artist signature that may have been done by Aglio.
There are three copies of the book of prints in the Brotherton Archive Library each from different archive sources.
The copies of the book were found in the following archives
It was this Woolley Hall archive that contained the decoration
drawing for the work done in 1845-7 and letters referring to the contract
as well as two letters relation to the research done by Alfred Yockney in