Saturday, January 19, 2013

Auction Preview: Bonham's Auction 20485
19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours

Henry Tanworth Wells
Portrait of Emma and Federica Bankes of Soughton Hall at their Dressing Table (1869)
oil on canvas
57⁵/₁₆ X 48⅟₁₆ in.

Bonham's Auction House, London, will be holding its sale of 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolours in just a few days, at the venerable auctioneers' New Bond Street location.  There are over 100 lots in the sale, all of which can be seen in person during previews, beginning this Sunday, January 20, 2013.  The full catalog is also available for viewing online.

What I particularly like about searching through these auctions is the ability to see artworks which are not in museum collections, and which are, therefore, less familiar.  A good case in point is the work of Edmund Blair Leighton, who is represented here by two paintings.  Blair Leighton (not to be confused with Frederic Lord Leighton, to whom there was no relation) is an oft underrated, British, genre painter, the vast majority of whose paintings reside in private collections.  That he is as widely known as he is is the result of the popularity of licensed products bearing images of just a few key examples of his work (The Accolade probably being his most famous of these reproductions).  Currently, Kara Lysandra Ross, Director of Operations at the Art Renewal Center, is compiling a catalogue raisonné of Blair Leighton's paintings, but until that collection is published, auctions like these are the best opportunity to see his lesser known works.

The auction of 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolours will take place in London on January 23rd at 2:00 PM GMT.  Preview dates and times are as follows:

January 20  /  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
January 21  /  9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 22  /  9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 23  /  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Edmund Blair Leighton
The Glance that Enchants (1902)
oil on panel
13¹⁵/₁₆ X 9¾ in.

Edmund Blair Leighton
The Latest News (1920)
oil on canvas
14 X 18½ in.

Vlaho Bukovac
At Rest (1909)
oil on canvas
16¹⁵/₁₆ X 21¼ in.

Carl Vilhelm Holsøe
Interior with Cello
oil on canvas
29¹⁵/₁₆ X 22⅟₁₆ in.

John Prescott Knight
Portrait of Marshall Ramon Cabrera, El Tigre del Maestrazgos
oil on canvas
36 X 28⅛ in.

Sir George Clausen
Portrait of Arthur George Clausen (1893)
oil on panel
9⁷/₁₆ X 6⁵/₁₆ in.

George Spencer Watson
Portrait of a Lady Holding a Parasol
oil on canvas
34⁷/₁₆ X 26¹⁵/₁₆ in.

Alfred Guillou
The Mussel Gatherer
oil on canvas
45¹³/₁₆ X 27⁷/₁₆ in.

Henry Scott Tuke
A Bather
oil on panel
11⁷/₁₆ X 7⅞ ln.

Albert Brockbank
On the Fylde Coast (1886)
oil on canvas
29¹⁵/₁₆ X 43¹¹/₁₆ in.

Sidney Richard Percy
Glaslyn (1878)
oil on canvas
24 X 37⅜ in.

John Atkinson Grimshaw
Thrush's Nest, Primroses, Pear Blossom (1862)
oil on board
12 X 15¹⁵/₁₆ in.

1 comment:

David Gluck said...

It just makes me so happy to know these artist's are dead so I don't have to compete with them.