Five best paintings auctioned outside London this year (2021)


‘Poppies’ by John William Godward – £ 360,000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

1. Godward’s poppies

The sumptuous oil on canvas of 1898 by John William Godward Poppies was listed for sale at the Five Centuries de Lyon & Turnbull sale in Edinburgh on May 20 from the estate of Dr Helen EC Cargill Thompson (1933-2020).

A genuinely public-minded Glaswegian who donated her contemporary art collection to the University of Strathclyde and a contemporary silver collection to the Glasgow School of Art, the proceeds from the sale were donated to an endowment fund in Strathclyde.

Cargill Thompson’s had owned this important Victorian painting for many years. Signed and dated ’98 he was painted by Godward – the great Victorian dreamer – at the height of his powers. It features model Miss Ethel Warwick (who was 16 when she posed for this photo) dressed in a classic outfit and framed by marble columns against a meticulously painted background of lavender and red poppies.

Attracting a range of international bidders for an estimate of £ 100,000-150,000, it sold for £ 360,000.

Nick Curnow, Lyon & Turnbull specialist, commented: “This is an exquisite painting and has been greatly admired since it first went on sale. In very good condition, we are happy that he has found a new home with a UK based private buyer.

2. The Dorset Landscape by Algernon Newton

'A Dorset Landscape' by Algernon Newton

“A Landscape of Dorset” by Algernon Newton – £ 225,000 from Duke’s.

Duke’s sale of the Wormington Grange property in Gloucestershire included a record for the modern British painter Algernon Newton (1880-1968).

The artist’s monumental 6’8 ” x 8’10 ” (1.74 x 2.72 m) A Dorset landscape was on the market for the first time since its purchase in June 1928 from the Royal Academy.

Estimated between £ 60,000 and £ 100,000 at the Dorchester auction from May 12-14, it sold for £ 225,000 to London dealer Daniel Katz, one of several telephone bidders, against private and institutional interests. .

Newton, the grandson of one of the founders of fine art paint maker Winsor & Newton, had only a modest career and remained largely unrecognized during his lifetime. The small loan exhibition The particularity of Algernon Newton (1880-1968) owned by Katz in 2012 had helped put the painter back on the map. Today, his moody urban views are much admired for their unsettling sense of threat or foreboding.

In 1928 A Dorset landscape has been described by The Times as “Photo of the Year”. It’s a capriccio, or fantasy, and represents a compendium of what Dorset is famous for: Corfe Castle predominates, with a body of water representing Poole Harbor and the limestone lands; a rural idyll reminiscent of the novels of Thomas Hardy. The painting is believed to have been made as a tribute to the novelist, who died in January 1928.

At the RA, priced at £ 420, it was bought for Wormington – a neoclassical mansion near Broadway built in the 1770s by local architect Antony Keck – by Maud Clegg (1872-1933), American heiress and wife of the General Lord Hastings Ismay (1887 -1965).

3. The Indian scene by William Daniell

“Karva Chauth” by William Daniell – £ 110,000 from Dreweatts.

On May 27, the painting of a young woman performing a ritual on the moonlit shores of the Ganges by English artist William Daniell (1767-1837) aroused great interest in the Dreweatts auction room in Newbury on the 27th may. art sales of the century.

The 4 feet 7 inches x 3 feet 7 inches (1.4 x 1.08 m) oil on canvas was one of the Indian scenes that is among the artist’s most famous and commercial works.

Born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, Daniell became the assistant to his uncle, the landscape painter Thomas Daniell (1749-1840), following the untimely death of his father. At 16, he accompanied his uncle to India to work on the production of a series of prints. He remained there for 10 years until his return to England in 1794.

The series of aquatints they produced on their return, published in a volume titled Oriental Scenery, were a big hit as British audiences enjoyed these atmospheric views of the subcontinent’s landscapes and architecture.

While copies of the prints appear quite frequently at auction today, the original drawings and sketches are rarer while the larger and fully completed oil paintings (often produced later and based on his drawings) are even more rare. rare and highly prized.

Newbury’s large moody image was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1837, where his title was The Hindu Girl’s Offering, and it came to Dreweatts from a British private collector.

Estimated at between £ 10,000 and £ 15,000, the auction house said it had generated ‘worldwide interest’ and ultimately sold for £ 110,000.

4. Laura Knight nude study

Painting by Laura Knight

Caroline Lay (pictured), Art Sales Manager at David Lay, is the great-great-niece of Ella Naper who sat down for this Laura Knight painting. It sold for £ 105,000 at the Penzance auction house.

A nude study by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) found many admirers when it appeared on Penzance auction house David Lay on January 28.

Dating from around 1913, it depicts Ella Naper – the same model that appears in the artist’s most famous painting, Self-Portrait with Nude, which dates from around the same time and is now in the National Portrait Gallery. . The auctioneer at the podium was Naper’s great-great-niece Caroline Lay, who is responsible for the art sales at the auction house.

The 55 x 73 cm (22 in x 2 ft 5 in) oil on canvas had remained with the sitter in Cornwall until her death in 1972. It was sold at auction never leaving the family, although ‘she spent a period on loan at the Penlee House Gallery in Penzance. . David Lay had known the painting for many years and previously valued it for insurance purposes.

Estimated at between £ 60,000 and £ 80,000, it generated a lot of interest online but on that day the auction ended in a two-way battle between a private buyer and a “well-known public institution” .

It was eventually reduced to the first at £ 105,000.

5. Portrait of the mother of her son

A portrait by Mary Beale of her son Bartholomew

A portrait by Mary Beale of her son Bartholomew – £ 100,000 at Reeman Dansie.

A portrait of a young boy in profile drew spectacular auctions at the auction hosted by Reeman Dansie of Colchester on January 26-27.

The 12.25 x 9.5 inch (31 x 24 cm) oil painting has been in the same local family since at least the early 1950s, probably longer, although its significance has apparently not been carried out.

It had a few condition issues, including what appeared to be a tear it caused before being re-entered and a few scuffs, and was housed in a gilded and Florentine carved ornate frame.

Listed as an ’18th century Italian school’ and valued at between £ 400-600, it garnered huge attention with over 100 people watching the lot on Sleeper watchers have realized its similarity to a number of known portraits of Mary Beale (1633-99) of her son Bartholomew.

Two studies are on display at Tate Britain, while another sold for £ 75,000 at Sotheby’s in July 2019, the auction record for the artist until the current sale. In appearance, age, and costume, these sketches all represent Bartholomew in the same way he is shown in the Self-Portrait of Beale with His Family, a work painted circa 1659-60 which is now in London’s Museum of the Home (formerly the Geffrye Museum).

The pre-sale auction had already reached £ 20,000 before the lot was offered and, after fierce competition with auctions lasting four minutes, it was finally sold for £ 100,000 to a buyer on the-saleroom. com. The price represented a new record for the artist at auction.

Reeman Dansie director and auctioneer Jonathan Benson, who was in the podium for the sale, said it was the highest price for an image in his 15 years of auctions at the society.


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