Fine Pictures Sale at Donnington Priory

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Donnington Priory -Following the recent appointment of James Harvey as International Head of Traditional Art, Dreweatts presents its inaugural Fine Pictures sale, on Wednesday 25th March.

James Harvey said; "The Fine Pictures sale features a wide range of exciting and interesting works which will appeal to both local and international buyers. I look forward to showcasing our first dedicated paintings auction this spring against the beautiful backdrop of Donnington Priory. Our future picture sales will build on attracting private clients to consign to a regional centre with international expertise and reach."

Fresh to the market and a major work in the sale is Mr John Bowes' Mündig, Winner of the Derby Stakes at Epsom, 1835, by John Frederick Herring the Elder (1795-1865). Hailing from a private collection, the oil on canvas is one of several depicting John Bowes' Mündig, however this painting is a particularly refined and polished example. One such similar painting is housed in the Doncaster Museum and Gallery, whilst another sold in New York for $2,500,000, in 1996.

Mr John Bowes' (1811-1885) won the Derby four times, the first with Mündig in 1835, whose name means 'of age' in German; apparently in reference to Bowes' youth, who was only 24 and still at Cambridge when Mündig won the Derby. One of Mündig's claims to fame as a stallion was his exceptional savagery, and it was reported that on one occasion he ran amok and killed a man.

A rare survivor from the early career of Spencer Frederick Gore (1878-1914) is The Earthworks. Before turning to the urban landscapes which became his forte, Gore explored the landscapes of his Surrey home through paintings heavily influenced by the work of Pissarro. This work is a rare treat from Gore's formative years.

The auction also features a group of fifteen watercolours and drawings by Edward Lear (1812-1888). Ten of the works are preliminary studies which were later used in the first volume of Lear's Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 1846. This collection was executed between 1843 and 1845 and many of the works are on the spot studies which Lear would have later worked up in his studio.

Of his Illustrated Excursions, Lear said, 'The drawings…are, I believe, the first hitherto given of a part of Central Italy as romantic as it is unfrequented', he was referencing Abruzzo, a province which at this time was 'unknown even to the inhabitants of the neighbouring districts.'

Regular visitors to the Henley Regatta will recognise the subject matter of a pastel work by Anglo-French artist Paul Maze (1887-1979), often referred to as the last of the Post-Impressionists and a great friend of Sir Winston Churchill. Born in Le Havre and schooled in Southampton, Maze developed a deep love for the English countryside, particularly embracing regattas and other sporting occasions, which featured heavily in his work. This painting is offered at auction for the first time and is by direct descent from the artist.

Fine Pictures will be held at Dreweatts' Donnington Priory saleroom in Berkshire on Wednesday 25th March 2015 with a pre-sale exhibition from Saturday 21st March until the day of sale. The catalogue will be available to view online at


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

Donnington Priory - 20th February 2015