1. Painter and printmaker Reginald St Clair Marston (1886-1943) was primarily a landscape artist and three of his works can now be found in his hometown museum, Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Normally his works make a few hundred pounds at auction but this 2ft 2in x 22in (66 x 56cm) oil on canvas that appeared at Featonby’s in North Shields, Tyneside on April 30 had an Italian subject matter. It brought significant competition against an estimate of just £10-20.
2. George Armfield (1808-93) was a British sporting artist who produced numerous paintings of dogs and horses over his career. His popularity meant that his works have inspired followers to paint similar scenes such as this 2ft x 20½in (41 x 52cm) oil on canvas catalogued as ‘manner of’ Armfield at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s spring sporting sale in Taunton on April 30. It sold within its £300-500 estimate.
3. British marine artist and illustrator Bernard Finegan Gribble (1872-1962) painted all sorts of vessels from the grandest historical warships to small dinghies. He lived in Poole in Dorset for much of his adult life where he was an influential member of the local artistic community. This 19¾ x 23½in (50 x 60cm) signed oil on canvas of fishermen pushing a boat out to sea sold at Biddle & Webb of Birmingham on May 2 (estimate N/A).
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