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Preview: British, European & Sporting Art Sale 11 November

13th October 2023.

On the Kentish Downs by Algernon Cecil Newton (1880-1968) is one of the highlights of Tennants Auctioneers’ British, European and Sporting Art Sale on 11th November. On offer with an estimate of £8,000-12,000 (plus buyer’s premium), the picture is a fine example of Newton’s quiet yet poetic landscapes. Born in Hampstead in 1880, Newton was the grandson of one of the founders of Winsor and Newton, makers of fine artists’ materials, and he exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1919. Known for depicting landscapes and urban views under leaden grey skies, often featuring mundane subjects, he once wrote that: "There is beauty in everything, you just have to look for it; a gasometer can make as beautiful a picture as a palace on the Grand Canal in Venice. It simply depends on the artist's vision."

Eugene Galien-Laloue (1854-1941) accurately captured the bustling streets of Paris during the opening years of the 20th century. The artist tended to favour painting Autumn and Winter Scenes, and Galien-Laloue’s Paris, Winter Fruit Stalls of 1910 will be offered in the sale with an estimate of £5,000-8,000. An interesting genre painting in the sale is “The Engagement Ring” by Arthur Claude Cooke (1867-1951). Exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1901, it will be sold with an estimate of £5,500-6,500.

Also of note in the sale is Lady Electra Being Led by a Groom by Lionel Edwards (1878-1966), which is being sold with a letter from the artist to the previous owner, referring to the painting and including two vignette sketches (estimate: £3,000-5,000). “The Sound of Scalpa” by Sidney Richard Percy (1821-1886) is offered with an estimate of £2,000-3,000, and a charming depiction of a Farm Girl and Foraging Pigs in Evening Sun by Samuel Lamorna Birch (1869-1955) is offered with an estimate of £1,200-1,800.

The sale will also include a Private Collection of works by Myles Birkett Foster and George Weatherill, such as Foster’s “The Entrance to the Grand Canal” and “San Giorgio and La Salute, Venice” (estimate: £700-1,000), and Weatherill’s Whitby Harbour (estimate: £700-1,000). The last few paintings from the T.B. & R. Jordan Collection of Staithes Artist will also be going under the hammer. Highlights include Ploughing the Fields by Owen Bowen (1873-1967), which is offered with an estimate of £500-800.


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