'The clearness after rain' by Henry Moore that sold for £32,000 at Woolley & Wallis.

Enjoy unlimited access: just £1 for 12 weeks

Subscribe now

The clearness after rain by Henry Moore (1831-95) was a 4ft x 6ft 8in (1.22 x 1.83m) oil on canvas signed and dated 1887. It came to auction with a provenance that could be traced back to Christie’s sale in 1888 of the collection of the well-known banker and art patron, Louis Huth of Hawkhurst.

A typical subject for the artist but impressively scaled, the £12,000-18,000 estimate was quickly surpassed as two phone bidders locked horns. It was eventually knocked down at £32,000, one of the highestever prices for the artist at auction.