This April Sotheby's Old Master and British Paintings sale offers a wide variety of paintings, ranging from an early sixteenth century Italian Virgin and Child, through both Continental and British works from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to views of India and the China Coast by itinerant English artists in the early nineteenth century. Notable highlights in the sale include a tormented vision of The Harrowing of Hell, by a follower of Jheronimus Bosch, a delightfully bucolic Wooded River Landscape by Esaias van de Velde, and a grand Architectural Capriccio with a Statue of Hercules by Pietro Capelli.
The top lot in the sale is undoubtedly a small, jewel like View of the Piazza San Marco, by the Venetian master Francesco Guardi. Whilst other notable works offered for sale include Samuel Cooper's Portrait of a Gentleman, believed to be Sidney Godolphin, as well as portraits of Prince James Edward Stuart, The Old Pretender, by Antonio David, and his son Prince Charles Edward Stuart, affectionately known as 'Bonnie Prince Charlie', by Hugh Douglas Hamilton; both from a distinguished Scottish Collection.
Also included in this sale is a group of works, including Dutch seventeenth century portraits and British sporting art, from the collection of Ampleforth Abbey, as well as a selection of British portraits, from the sixteenth through to the early nineteenth century, belonging to the Trustees of the Savernake Estate. Finally the sale is concluded by a group of rare and exotic marine landscapes from an important corporate collection.