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British Paintings 1550-1850

Sunday at Sotheby’s: Celebrating Eric Ravilious, L.S. Lowry & C.R.W. Nevinson

Our 21/22 November sale of Modern & Post-War British Art celebrates the very best of the British art scene over the past century, and as part of the sale we are extremely excited to be hosting a special series of free Sunday talks on Sunday 19 November with leading historians of some of the artists and artworks featured.

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L.S. LOWRY, THE RUSH HOUR, 1964. ESTIMATE £800,000–1,200,000.

1pm
L.S. Lowry: Painter of Modern Life
Gallery Talk with Michael Howard, author of Lowry: A Visionary Artist

An artist that needs no introduction, L.S. Lowry is one of the most popular and beloved artists of the past century, capturing the industrial scene and everyday lives of those that he saw during his daily rounds as a rent collector in the city. 

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L.S. LOWRY, 1964. PHOTOGRAPH BY JORGE LEWINSKI
© THE LEWINSKI ARCHIVE AT CHATSWORTH

The sale features three masterworks by L.S. Lowry from a Private European Collection. Historian and author Michael Howard guides us through Lowry’s early life, and explains just what drove him to create some of the most celebrated and recognisable images everyday British life.

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ERIC RAVILIOUS, NEWHAVEN HARBOUR, 1935. ESTIMATE £80,000–120,000.

2pm
Painted Ships on Painted Oceans
Gallery Talk with Alan Powers, author of Eric Ravilious: Artist & Designer

The subject of a recent reappraisal, including several exciting museum exhibitions and publications, Eric Ravilious holds a position as one of the most interesting British artists of the past century, and arguably one of the best watercolourists. Author Alan Powers leads us through the artist’s inter-war years, including one of his most celebrated subjects Newhaven Harbour. Alan will also be discussing Ravilious’ close contemporary Edward Wadsworth, whose Convoy (1941) is also to be included in the sale.

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C.R.W. NEVINSON, A DAWN, 1914. EXECUTED IN 1916. ESTIMATE £700,000–1,000,000.

3pm
Nevinson: The Great War and After
Gallery Talk with Jonathan Black, author of C.R.W. Nevinson: The Complete Prints

Rounding off the afternoon we’re delighted to have Jonathan Black in the galleries to talk about Nevinson’s masterpiece A Dawn, 1914 – largely unseen for over 30 years, it is one of the last remaining oil paintings from the First World War period to remain in private ownership. The work was included in his seminal 1916 Leicester Galleries exhibition, alongside many of the greatest works by the artist to appear in public collections all around the world – including La Mitrailleuse, 1915 in the Tate; Returning to the Trenches, 1914 from the National Gallery of Canada and French Troops Resting, 1916 in the Imperial War Museum, London.

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C.R.W. NEVINSON IN UNIFORM, LATE 1914.
PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN.

To reserve your place on any (or indeed all!) of these free Sunday talks please contact modbrit@sothebys.com or call 0207 293 6424. We look forward to seeing you then!

CLICK HERE to see the full sale catalogue.

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