1. Vincent Balfour-Browne (1880-1963) was a keen deer stalker who produced evocative scenes of game (particularly stags). He Rewards Our Caution, 1937, was one of three similar-sized Balfour Browne watercolours of stags that sold well at Duke’s of Dorchester on February 14, each pitched at £100-200.
2. A privileged upbringing allowed Kilkenny-born Mildred Anne Butler (1858-1941) to learn to paint outside Ireland: first in London, then in Paris and finally in the seaside town of Newlyn, Cornwall, under Norman Garstin. This 6 x 11in (14.5 x 27.5cm) watercolour of a river cottage scene sold for five times the upper guide at Bellmans of Winchester on February 13.
3. This 23 x 19in (59 x 48cm) self-portrait gouache by English painter Francis Cyril Rose (1909-79) sold for five times the top guide at London saleroom Roseberys on February 12. Championed by the likes of Gertrude Stein (who commissioned several of his works for her own art collection), a number of Rose’s pictures are in public institutions and seldom appear at auction.
Prices do not include buyer’s premium.