Included in our Art Online auction on Friday 14 April is a private collection of works by British artist Harold Dearden. The collection of works capture an intimate insight into the life of a farmer and his family, and the daily chores of everyday duties.
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Lot 140: ‘Two farm girls at work seated in the orchard’, Harold Dearden, Oil on canvas laid on board, unframed | Est. £300-500 (+ fees)
Despite the serious subject matter showing the arduous nature of farm life, Dearden has chosen a light pastel palette which brings to life the figures across the canvas creating an idyllic rural setting. Dearden studied at Rochdale School of Art before attending the Royal College of Art between 1910-1915, under the tutelage of Gerald Moira, the English muralist.
Lot 137: ‘A study of farmers and working horses in a field’, Harold Dearden, Oil on canvas laid on board, unframed | Est. £300-500 (+ fees)
Dearden moved to Swindon where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. He became head of the Swindon Art School from 1920 and president of Swindon Artist’s Society.
Lot 139: ‘Workmen’, Harold Dearden, Oil on canvas, unframed | Est. £400-600 (+ fees)
Dearden’s fascination with people, families and everyday tasks is evident throughout his body of work. His depiction of Caribbean Family in Trafalgar Square and Indian Women in Trafalgar Square held in the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery are particularly striking.
Lot 136: ‘A farmer and his family’, Harold Dearden, Oil on canvas, unframed | Est. £600-800 (+ fees) and Lot 138: ‘Study of two men scything’, Harold Dearden, Oil on canvas laid on board, unframed | Est. £300-500 (+ fees)
Friday 14 April | 10.30am BST
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2JE
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