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The sale offers a comprehensive range of approximately 140 British, Continental and Sporting pictures from the 17th to the 20th century.
Particular highlights include an exciting and newly discovered c.1903-05 charcoal drawing consigned from a private collection by Augustus John of his mistress and muse Dorelia (Lot 1081) with an estimate of £7,000-10,000 (plus buyer’s premium).
L.S. Lowry’s “Yachts at Lytham St Annes” (Lot 1140) is also set to star in the sale, being offered with an estimate of £250,000-350,000. Lowry had a lifelong fascination with the sea and sketched and painted seascapes throughout his long career. The painting exemplifies Lowry’s masterly use of flake-white, here employed as both sea and sky merging into one; the boats providing notes of colour and movement against the shimmering, light-filled sea.
A further coastal scene by renowned ornithological artist Archibald Thorburn (Lot 1076) depicts sea birds feeding on the shoreline (estimate: £25,000-35,000). Thorburn is famed for his detailed and naturalistic depictions of the wildlife of the British Isles, set in natural habitats. Signed and dated 1908 ‘Sea Birds’ renders in watercolour curlews, black headed gulls, herring gulls, terns, oyster catchers, redshanks and ringed plovers.
Lot 1037 in the Sporting section of the sale represents another highlight and is a group portrait by sporting artist John Dalby of York (1810-1865) of the celebrated hunting figures Lord Durham, Ralph Lambton and Billy Williamson riding to a meet (estimate: £3,000-5,000). ‘The Old Garden’ (Lot 1125) by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970), which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1965 is offered with an estimate of £3,000-4,000, and a majestic view of ‘Glencoe’ (lot 1095) by Alfred de Breanski Snr (1852-1928) is offered with an estimate of £6,000-9,000.
A further selection of paintings from Forcett Hall, North Yorkshire will be sold on Day 1 of Tennants Spring Sale on 19th March. Highlights include (Lot 377) ‘Returning with the catch’ by John Thomas Hamilton McCallum (1841-1896) (estimate: £4,000-6,000), and (Lot 368) ‘Portrait of the three children of Sir John Heathcote of Langton Hall’ by a Follower of George Romney (1734-1802) (estimate: £2,500-4,000).
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