Including Victorian, Early 20th Century, Sporting, Marine, Scottish and Irish Art
It has been a pleasure to curate our November sale of British & Irish Art, which highlights the strength and breadth of artistic achievement in Britain and Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries - artists working in similar times and places but with distinct aesthetic outlooks. The sale is, we hope, an opportunity for collectors to appreciate artists both within and beyond their usual collecting fields.
Leading the Victorian section is Sir Edward Poynter’s A Corner of the Marketplace (lot 14) painted in 1887 – a sublime classical rendering that rivals Alma-Tadema, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Bower Maiden (lot 4), a sensuous pre-Raphaelite work from his formative 1850s period, appearing on the market for the first time in over a century. Frederick Walker’s The Wayfarers (lot 8) is an exciting rediscovery previously thought to have been destroyed by bombing in WWII, and a work whose modern credentials were praised by Vincent Van Gogh. Sir John Everett Millais’ Portrait ofKate Perugini (lot 16) is a celebrated Victorian portrait of the daughter of one of Britain’s most famous authors, Charles Dickens.
From the turn of the 20th Century, Dame Laura Knight’s The Flower (lot 87) is a strikingly bold and fresh image, which encapsulates the new direction of painting led by the Newlyn artists, breaking away from Victorian tradition. Within this section, we are also delighted to present: THE RONALD HORTON/DEREK ANCIL COLLECTION OF PICTURES BY EDWARD SEAGO. Comprising 39 works, it is one of the most significant private collections of works by Seago in the country and offers a comprehensive insight into his life and work, containing some of the finest equestrian and landscape subjects for which he is celebrated.