Published 16th July 2013
The catalogue of our next Selected Pictures Sale in Honiton, which takes place on Tuesday, 23rd July 2013 at our salerooms in Honiton, is now available online and the doors are open for viewing from 9:00am to 12:00 noon on Saturday, 20th July 2013 and from 9:00am until 7:00pm on Monday, 21st July 2013.
There is a good mixture of pictures that start with 18th century engravings including William Hogarth's Credulity, Superstition & Fanticism, A Medley (HO73/2), which is jam-packed with political satire and social observation and a more sensual and erotic engraving by James Watson after Caspar Netscher titled Vertumus and Pomona (HO73/1).
We have included a section of decorative portraits from the 19th century and later and three that I think stand-out are the Portrait of Gillian Dahl by Anthony Victor Rosewarne (HO73/22), the merchant seaman by Sidney Percy Kendrick (HO73/29) (which is estimated at £200-£300) and the portrait of The Boy by Gordon Arnold (HO73/45).
There are several amusing works: the Sailor Holding a Duck (HO73/49) being a nice example as is Rod Pearce's view of the rather cramped cottages in St Ives (HO73/66).
Two paintings by the Tanzanian artist Edward Saidi Tingatinga stand out. Tingatinga's name has been adopted by a school of late 20th Century African painting and, though Edward Tingatinga was murdered in 1972, his popular and recognisable style of painting continues today as exemplified by Guinea Fowl (HO73/69) and Turkey (HO73/70).
For the more traditional taste, there are a number of watercolours of Dartmoor by Frederick John Widgery, the Moorland Scene with a Rocky Pool in the Foreground (HO73/85), estimated at £200-£300, being a nice example.
A watercolour view of the Himalayas with Kang Teg and Thamserku peaks in the distance is interesting (HO73/105). It is likely to have been painted by an amateur artist on an expedition, or from a photograph, and while of nice quality and signed BELL, it has been difficult to trace the painter (though there was an acclaimed mountaineer call Gordon Irving Bell, but I am informed by his family that he did not paint).
Many of the lots are illustrated in our online catalogue but if you can't see one which you are interested in, by all means email me and I will send the details to you. With a section of marine and maritime painting too, the sale is well worth a visit.