Eager bidders face up to a portrait...
The variety of pictures on offer at Lawrences on July 6th is best demonstrated by the prices achieved for pictures spanning many centuries.
Two highlights from the 20th Century were `Here We Are in Croydon`, a boldly expressive 1979 lithograph by Sir Howard Hodgkin that realised £2500 and, very differently, a modern Canadian picture by Arthur Heming (1870-1940) entitled ‘At the Water Hole` that depicted Canadian fauna in a sunlit snowy winter landscape. This was bought by a buyer in Canada for £9375.
From the 19th Century, a magnificent 1866 scene of fallow deer in an autumn forest by Andrew Macallum, executed with painstaking attention to detail, showed an almost Pre-Raphaelite intensity of observation. This exceeded hopes of £2000-3000 to make £6875.
From the 18th Century, a portrait of a lady (possibly the actress Elizabeth Hartley) by an artist working in the style of Sir Joshua Reynolds yielded bids above its £2000-3000 estimate to make £4500. A more provincial work was a dramatic foxhunting scene by a `Primitive` artist working in the middle of the 18th century. This large subject, 140cm wide, was hunted down at £5000.
A portrait of a young man, once thought to be a self portrait by the Milanese artist Andrea Solario (1460-1524), attracted keen enquiries. It was 16th Century in style but judged to be later in date. This 55 x 43cm panel exceeded hopes of £5000 to make £17,500. This was secured by a bidder on the telephone from Italy.
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