Newly attributed work by Richard Parkes Bonington

joins work by War artists Walter Sickert and Edward Seago in the winter Fine Furniture, Pictures, Works of Art and Ceramics sale at Dreweatts


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Berkshire - A newly attributed pencil and sepia wash drawing by romantic landscape painter Richard Parkes Bonington (1801-1828) will be offered in the opening paintings and drawings section of the winter Fine Furniture, Pictures, Works of Art and Ceramics sale at Dreweatts on Wednesday 3rd December 2014.

Although cut short, Bonington's artistic career was highly influential. His fluid landscapes and modern style were adopted and developed by his 19th century British and French Romantic contemporaries.

The work was authenticated in a private correspondence with the present owner and Patrick Noon, September 2014. Noon commented that "this drawing dates on the stylistic evidence to Bonington's earliest years in France, ca. 1818-1820 and may be compared to Calais Pier, Low Tide, in the Hamilton Gallery, Victoria (see Patrick Noon, Richard Parkes Bonington, the complete paintings, Yale University Press, 2008)…Unlike many marine painters Bonington rarely painted imaginary scenes. Most of his costal views can be identified by topographical or other landmarks. In this instance, the topography resembles that near Fécamp, [Normandy]." [Lot 65, est. £2,000-3,000].

Eugène Delacroix, a friend of Bonington's whom he studied with once said; "Other artists were perhaps more powerful or more accurate than Bonington, but no one in the modern school, perhaps no earlier artist, possessed the lightness of execution which makes his works, in a certain sense, diamonds, by which the eye is enticed and charmed independently of the subject or of imitative appeal."

From a private UK collection is, Emigrants at Melbourne, oil on canvas by War Artist, Walter Richard Sickert. The work is 'after' an earlier work by John Gilbert and forms part of an infamous series of late works by Sickert collectively known as the 'Echoes'. Sickert recreated images from newspapers, magazines, photographs and oil paintings created by other artists and is credited as the first time an artist anywhere in the world dealt with the issue of appropriation, a recurring theme in today's Contemporary Art. His 'Echoes' are why curators and critics alike look to Sickert as the father of Modern and Contemporary Art in Great Britain and why he continues to be such an influential figure to today's artists [Lot 56, est. £5,000-7,000].

Edward Seago (1910-1974) is another War artist represented in the sale. Despite heart problems, Seago enlisted with the Royal Engineers during the Second World War where his artistic talent was put towards developing camouflage techniques. During the War, Field Marshal Alexander invited him to paint scenes of the Italian Campaign. From his time in Italy is La Vena Canal, Chioggia, offered in the sale with an estimate of £4,000-6,000 [Lot 63].

Jeremy Taylor, who curated Seago's retrospective at the Colnaghi gallery in 2008, commented on Seago saying; "In terms of commissions, he was the most successful artist of his day. He became a war artist in Italy during the Second World War and spent two years with General Alexander. George VI asked for a portrait, and that made him very fashionable."

Two works by Anglo-Irish watercolourist Rose Maynard Barton should prove popular for bidders in London and Dublin. Both College Green, Dublin [Lot 72] and Sloane Square [Lot 74] are estimated to achieve £6,000-8,000.

For buyers looking for a wintry scene to complement the season, A Merry-Go-Round on the Ice by Robert Barnes, ARWS (1840-1895) should appeal. The watercolour was exhibited at the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours, London, in 1888 and is estimated to achieve £5,000-7,000. [Lot 67]

Also on offer in the sale is A group of Percy Hounds, by Henry Frederick Lucas Lucas (1848-1943). The oil on canvas is inscribed on the reverse with the names of the hounds; "Strangler, Finder, Gainer, Pluto, Doriment, Roman, Hotspur, Render, Testy and Greelock." [Lot 37, est. £30,000-50,000]

The full catalogue that also features fine furniture, works of art and ceramics will be available to view online at www.dreweatts.com.>

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London - 25th November 2014