A Scottish art timed auction at Glasgow saleroom McTear’s ending on April 1 will feature a 16in x 2ft (41 x 61cm) oil on canvas by ‘Glasgow Boy’ William Kennedy (1859-1918).
Homewards is a smaller version of a work of the same title in The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow dated c.1891.
Kennedy became a prominent member of the Glasgow Boys, an informal alliance of some 20 artists that came together in the early 1880s. They wanted to challenge the formulaic landscapes and narrative subjects of late Victorian Scottish art and to develop a distinctive style of naturalist painting.
European tapestries from North Mymms Park in Hertfordshire will form part of the building’s primary contents at a dedicated two-day sale at Sworders on April 17-18 in Stansted Mountfitchet.
The 19 large tapestries have been at the property for over a century, remaining in the house following a Christie’s sale in 1979 when they sold collectively for close to £300,000.
Many of the tapestries were created in weaving workshops across northern Europe from the mid 16th to the mid 18th century and were collected by the Burns family. The group includes two part sets that came to the house via financier and collector John Pierpont Morgan (brother of Mary Burns), who acquired them from the Palazzo Verde in Genoa.
One such purchase is a 12ft x 17ft (3.7 x 5.2m) mid-16th century example, based on a design by Bernard van Orley. It is inspired by Hercules’ quest for the Golden Apples of the Hesperides, his 11th labour, and shows the Greek hero supporting the globe beside Atlas and Iolaus.