The summer sale will include one of the most famous Victorian paintings of a nude, Sir Edward John Poynter's Andromeda of 1869. Poynter is now regarded as perhaps the finest 19th century British painter of the nude with an understanding of the subject free from the coyness or salaciousness that his less talented contemporaries indulged in. Andromeda's nudity is not merely erotic; it conveys a deeper symbolism of isolation, vulnerability and powerlessness. Pictures of this quality and rarity are becoming increasingly difficult to come by and we are delighted to have been entrusted with the sale of this exceptional painting.
To coincide with the opening of The Cult of Beauty exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, we will be offering a beautiful painting by John Melhuish Strudwick entitled In the Golden Days which embodies the primary principles of the Aesthetic style that was prevalent in the late 19th century. The sale also includes high quality pictures by John Atkinson Grimshaw, Archibald Thorburn John William Godward, Charles Spencelayh, Henry Herbert la Thangue, Dame Laura Knight, Charles Lees and Montague Dawson.