Joan Eardley paintings fetch over £220,000 in centenary year


Paintings by acclaimed artist Joan Eardley sold for over £220,000 at an online auction in the centenary year of her birth.

water at the edge of the ocean: a seascape by Joan Eardley has been auctioned off (Lyon & Turnbull/PA)

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A seascape by Joan Eardley has been sold at auction (Lyon & Turnbull/PA)

Photos of children in Glasgow’s Townhead district, still lifes, landscapes and a seascape were among the seven pieces sold by Edinburgh-based Lyon & Turnbull.

A small seascape by Catterline, measuring just seven inches by seven inches, sold for £41,250, almost six times the starting price, while his other works all fetched well above the estimated price.

Lyon & Turnbull said Thursday’s Scottish Paintings and Sculptures sale also saw a world record price for a painting by Scottish landscape artist Sir William MacTaggart.

His ‘jewel-toned’ view of Palma in Majorca, painted in 1933, sold for £42,500 while Sir Henry Raeburn’s portrait of Lady Carnegie fetched £100,000.

a person standing in a room: seven paintings by Joan Eardley have been auctioned off (Stewart Attwood/PA)

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Seven paintings by Joan Eardley have been auctioned off (Stewart Attwood/PA)

Carly Shearer, Scottish Paintings Specialist at Lyon & Turnbull, said: “This Scottish Paintings and Sculptures auction was another success, with strong international bids dominated by private buyers.

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“The competition brought in a record prize for MacTaggart’s View of Palma and an extremely strong prize for Raeburn’s portrayal of Lady Carnegie.

“Joan Eardley’s selection of paintings to celebrate her centenary sold well, especially Catterline’s tiny seascape. Her superb late still life oil painting, Jar Of Summer Flowers, sold 50,000 £.

“We have seen a dramatic increase in demand for Scottish paints, which is generating exceptional prices.”

Eardley’s paintings sold for a total of £223,125, all prices including the buyer’s premium.

Eardley, who is currently the subject of a year-long celebration of her life and work to mark 100 years since her birth, died aged 42 in 1963.

Born in Sussex in 1921 to a Scottish mother and an English father, Eardley was considered a member of Britain’s post-war avant-garde during her lifetime.

Eardley, who had a studio in Cochrane Street, Glasgow, is renowned for his photos of city children, some of which also featured in the sale, such as Children Playing In The Street, which sold for £16,875, well into the above £4,000. at £6,000 estimate.


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