Hillside with Village, Roviano by Alberto Morrocco (1917-98) - £12,000 at Dreweatts.

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Offered by the family, the eclectic range of works would have been familiar to those who had visited his gallery in Thackeray Street, Kensington.

A larger 269-lot array from his collection was sold at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury back in April 2012 but here the 28 works on offer raised a total of £27,475 (including premium).

The top lot among them was Hillside with Village, Roviano  by Scottish artist Alberto Morrocco (1917-98) that sold on low estimate at £12,000 to a UK private buyer.

The subject was the village on the opposite side of the valley to Anticoli Corrado, roughly 40km east of Rome, where the Morrocco family spent their holidays in the 1950s and early 1960s. It featured the familiar varied palette which the artist used to create the familiar the woven patchwork in his richly layered landscapes.

Hilder watercolour


Rowland Hilder watercolour of Tilford, Surrey - £800 at Dreweatts,

The collection also included a small selection of watercolours by Rowland Hilder (1905-93), among which a decent competition emerged for a view of Tilford, Surrey.

The rural landscape was an 8¼ x 12in (21.5 x 33cm) signed watercolour and ink that surpassed a £500-700 estimate and was knocked down at £800.

View the main report of works sold at Dreweatts' Modern and Contemporary Art sale on March 19 in this issue.