Corbet oil head and shoulders above the rest

A small but enigmatic study attributed to Victorian artist Matthew Ridley Corbet (1850-1902) drew dramatic competition at John Nicholson’s in Fernhurst, Surrey.

Corbet works do not appear at auction very often and figurative pictures are especially rare. From about 1883, as he became associated with the Etruscans group of artists, his output was almost exclusively landscapes. Most of these works now tend to sell for under £5000 at auction. However, he did produce a smaller group of portraits and classical scenes, mainly in the 1870s. The 10 x 8in (25 x 20cm) oil on canvas in Surrey shows the head and shoulders of a dark-haired ...