Gluck Sussex landscape at Mallams auction
A hilltop view in Sussex by Hannah Gluckstein, known as ‘Gluck’ that sold for £4300 at Mallams of Oxford.

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The British painter, known as ‘Gluck’, became known for her stylised portraits and still lifes in the early 1920s – as well as for her rebellious characteristics which included her preference of dressing like a man and smoking a pipe.

She was also an influential designer of Modernist and Art Deco interiors in the 1930s and patented her own frame – the 'Gluck Frame'.

In later life she lived in Sussex and painted more conventional views of the local scenery. These days, such pictures tend to be at the more affordable end of the market for Gluck, whose works have been known to fetch six-figure sums at auction.

The example at Mallams was a 12 x 18in (31 x 46cm) signed oil on canvas which was offered with an attractive estimate of £600-800. After a strong bidding competition at the auction on March 9, it was eventually knocked down at £4300.

A similar but smaller work by the artist sold at Christie’s South Kensington in October 2005 for £3000.