Sotheby's sale of British & Irish Art brought £6,687,875 ($10,493,945), led by Dante Gabriel Rossetti's watercolour painting Venus Verticordia, which soared above its estimate of £1-1.5 million to bring £2,882,500 ($4,522,931), the highest price for a watercolour by the artist at auction.
We are delighted to announce our forthcoming sale of British & Irish Art and share with you some of our highlights. On 10 December 2014 we will offer paintings, drawings and watercolours by a wide selection of artists from the British Isles, including fine examples of the work of Pre-Raphaelites and the Classical Revival, British Impressionists, Colourists, Ruralists and Contemporary Scottish and Irish art. The sale will feature Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s watercolour, Venus Verticordia, which has not been seen at auction since 1886. We hope you can join us at one of our previews for the sale.
The last line of the provenance should read; Exchanged in 1962 by the Lyman Allyn Museum for a picture by Benjamin West with a New York picture dealer from whom purchased by the previous owner, by whom gifted to the present owner
Nick Savage, Director of Collections at the Royal Academy has informed us that the medal sold as part of this lot is the 'Isis' medal given to Millais by the Society of Arts in 1846, awarded for another painting rather than 'Perseus and Andromeda'.
The painting is signed and dated l.l.: 'A. J. Munnings/ 1918'. The title is 'A Patrol in France, 1917'. Another work of the same composition (the first version) was painted under commission for the Canadian War Memorials Fund and is in the collection of the Canadian War Museum and titled 'On the Edge of a Wood'. It was this picture that was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1919 and reproduced in the 1997 exhibition catalogue cited in LITERATURE. We are grateful to Dr Laura Brandon of the Canadian War Museum for this information.
Please note the measurements in the catalogue specify the total dimensions of the work including its frame. Unframed, the picture measures: 148 by 240cm., 58 by 94½in.
The present work was exhibited at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, in 1942, no.135
The present work was painted in 1966.
The estimate for this lot should read £20,000 - £30,000 and not as stated in the printed catalogue.
Please note this lot will be taken to our Greenford Park Warehouse after the sale and not as stated in the printed catalogue.