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British, European & Sporting Pictures Sale Preview

18th June 2021.

The British, European and Sporting Pictures Sale on 17th July is set to include an eclectic range of prints, works on paper and oil paintings from the 17th- the 20th century. Highlights within the landscape and genre sections include ‘Winter village scene with figures skating on a frozen river’, Attributed to Frans de Momper (1603-1660), which is offered with an estimate of £10,000-15,000 (plus buyer’s premium). With provenance from the Houstoun Boswall Collection is ‘The Fish Market’ by the Circle of Hendrik Maertensz. Sorgh (1611-1670) (estimate: £3,000-5,000), and with provenance from the Cooling Galleries, New Bond Street comes “Near Stanachlacher” by Alfred de Breanski (1852-1928) (estimate: £3,000-5,000).

Also of note is ‘Calves feeding beside a thatched stable’ by Walter Hunt (1861-1941) (estimate: £8,000-12,000), and “The Tryst” by Constance Rea (1866-1922) (estimate: £1,500-2,500), which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1927.

There is an interesting and broad selection of still life pictures, including early examples such as ‘Still life of grapes, fruit and leaves’ (estimate: £2,000-3,000) and ‘Peaches, vine leaves and grapes on a ledge’ (estimate: £800-1,200) from the Circle of Simon Pietersz. Verelst (1644-1721), both of which come from a Private Collection in the United Kingdom, and ‘A still life of roses, iris, delphinium and morning glory arranged in a vase on a ledge’ by the Circle of Jean Baptiste Belin de Fontenay (1653-1715) (estimate: £2,000-3,000). Good 20th Century still lifes include Cecil Kennedy’s “Summer Arrangement” (estimate: £2,500-4,000) and Bennett Oates’s ‘Still life of Hibiscus, Clematis and Petunias arranged in a glass vase on a marble ledge’ (estimate: £1,200-1,800).

Highlights from the Sporting Art section include “Solway – Out from the Lochar Moss, Pink-footed geese, 1951” by the ornithologist and conservationist Sir Peter Markham Scott (1909-1989) (estimate: £4,000-6,000), and ‘Huntsman and the Belvoir Hounds’ by Wright Barker (1864-1941) (estimate: £3,000-5,000). Wright Barker was known for his paintings of hunting and animal subjects; born in Bradford, he spent much of his life in the South of England before moving to Harrogate. Also of note and hailing from a Private Collection in the United Kingdom is Samuel Henry Gordon II Alken’s (1810-1894) ‘Hunt in full cry crossing the Path of the York to London Coach’, which is signed and dated 1870 (estimate: £2,500-4,000).


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