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Pictures

Continental and Travel Pictures

Continental pictures usually refer to 19th century European art. Many pictures in the category were brought back from the continent by Grand Tour travellers and passed through family hands. Paintings by the great Spanish Impressionist artist Joaquin Bastida; works by the Swiss artist Corrodi, who painted beautiful views of Venice; and the Belgian Franz Unterberger, whose evocative views of the French and Italian Rivieras, frequently sell through British auction houses.

Charles Robertson - The Faithful at Prayer, sold for £36,000 at auction (FS12/339).

Charles Robertson - The Faithful at Prayer, sold for £36,000 at auction (FS12/339).

Paintings by the Italian genre artist Francois Brunery have found new owners through our salerooms and traditional Dutch paintings are much sought after by British and Dutch collectors.

In 2011, a lovely collection of Dutch and Continental paintings came to auction from a Dorset home. 19th century paintings by Jacob Maris, Mesdag, and Willem Tholen all sold very well, largely returning to Holland.

Works in watercolour and gouache by the Greek artist Angelous Giallina, the Neapolitan painter Luigi Galea and the Gianni dynasty of artists are highly sought after too, especially their views of the Bay of Naples, Malta and Corfu.

Continental, Travel and Topographical oil paintings and watercolours are a most interesting category of art with a surprising abundance of works sold in our rooms ranging from minor drawings which surface weekly to important oils such as the view of Mahon Harbour by Anton Schranz.

Panorama of Mahon, Minorca, circa 1800, by Anton Schranz, which sold at auction for £50,000. (MA12/316).

Panorama of Mahon, Minorca, circa 1800, by Anton Schranz, which sold at auction for £50,000. (MA12/316).

This fine view of the harbour of Mahon, Minorca, circa 1800, is taken from the north showing the Isla de Rey and the Old Naval Hospital. Admiral Lord Collingwood's house, which is now the Hotel Del Almirante, is also visible.

Anton Schranz (1768-1839) was born in Ochsenhausen, Austria, and settled in Minorca in 1793. Schranz was commissioned by naval officers to paint a number of views of Mahon harbour and this large panorama with a naval fleet firing a salute, fetched £50,000.

Promoting and marketing travel pictures to an international audience has, of course, been helped by the Internet. For instance, a painting of Mahon attracted interest from around the world and indeed from residents of the town, one of whom could identify the location of his present villa within the panorama.

Specialists

Daniel GoddardDaniel Goddard
Department Head

Martin ScadgellMartin Scadgell
Consultant