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Comment regarding the comparison between the
Among the many paintings, on display in frames and filed are many sign a.aglio. It is a challenge to decide whether or not these are by Augustine Aglio or his father Agostino. Much of the work by Agostino is signed A.Aglio and it would be convenient to say that one can always sort the paintings based on signature being either A.A or a.a. however this is unreliable. Another approach is to sort by judging Italianate and Allegorical or Graphical qualities verses English Landscape. This, however is not reliable as in reality both Agostino and Augustine were capable of painting in both styles. and looking at the huge Scrapbook of Work probably put together by Augustine shows some of the variety.
The following article "Article by Yockney of the Aglio Family" is the only one found that discusses both artists.
The issue is further compounded by the introduction of comparison with the work of John Absolon, Augustine Aglio's brother in law. It is probable that the two worked together from time to time especially taking into account that Augustine Aglio and John's son, Hugh Wolgang de Mansfield Absolon, set up in the photographic business together in about and 1852 at 201 Piccadilly.
In an archived package of watercolour paintings there were found not only some signed by Augustine but also one signed by John Absolon.
In addition, there a many unsigned pictures and one can spend time trying to sort out the possibility.
for more painting see the Gallery collection
An additional issue
is that in 1849 the two Aglios were working together on the decoration of
the Olympic Theatre, finishing their work before Agostino suffered a
stroke in the December of that year. He lived on for another 7 years and
during that time was producing paintings with his left hand.
On a more light hearted note, there is painting in the second album scrapbook with an unusual attribution.
The signature in the corner of the painting is magnified.
THERE IS A LOT MORE WORK TO DO