Joan Eardley’s paintings bring in over £ 220,000 in the centenary year


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

Images of children in Glasgow’s Townhead neighborhood, 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 a price well above the estimated price.

Lyon & Turnbull said the sale of Scottish paintings and sculptures on Thursday also recorded a world record price for a painting by Scottish landscape artist Sir William MacTaggart.

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

Joan Eardley works sales / PA Media

Carly Shearer, Scottish Painting Specialist from Lyon & Turnbull, said: “This was another successful Scottish painting and sculpture auction, with strong international auctions dominated by private buyers.

“The competition won a record-breaking prize for MacTaggart’s view of Palma and an extremely high prize for Lady Carnegie’s portrait of Raeburn.

“Joan Eardley’s selection of centennial paintings have sold well, especially the small seascape of Catterline. His stunning late-life oil painting, Jar Of Summer Flowers, sold for £ 50,000.

“We have seen a dramatic increase in demand for Scottish paintings, resulting in exceptional prices. “

Eardley’s paintings sold for a total of £ 223,125 with 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 the 100th anniversary of her birth, died at just 42 in 1963.

Born in Sussex in 1921 to a Scottish mother and an English father, Eardley was regarded during her lifetime as a member of the post-war British avant-garde.

Eardley, who had a studio in Cochrane Street, Glasgow, is renowned for her photos of city children, some of which were also on sale, like Children Playing In The Street, which sold for £ 16,875, though over £ 4,000. at £ 6,000 estimate.


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