This 11 x 8in (27 x 20cm) lithograph by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) titled La Robe Rouge (The Red Dress) depicts Beatrice Whistler, the artist’s wife (pictured top). Monogrammed with Whistler’s butterfly signature in the stone, it has a provenance to dealers Quangle Prints and Michael Parkin Fine Art, London. Estimate £1000-1500 at Canterbury Auction Galleries on October 3-5.
Sanders of Oxford offers La Poesia, a mezzotint printed in colours by the Italian engraver Carlo Lasinio (1759-1838) for £1250. The engraving copies an original work by Carlo Dolci (1616-86), that was once part of the collection in the Palazzo Corsini in Florence and today hangs in the Galleria Corsini in Rome.
This 1966 London Transport poster by Hans Unger promotes the array of contemporary art to be found in the capital. It features a modified Underground map with the stations renamed to include kinetic art, Tachism, Pop Art, neo-Dada, Constructivism and junk art. The text at the bottom says that all these movements are accessible to the “explorer” equipped with “an open mind, Underground and bus maps, and a sense of humour”.
This original from the initial print run is offered by Twentieth Century Posters for £250.
The ‘physionotrace’ system used to create this portrait was invented by Gilles-Louis Chrétien (1774-1811) in 1786. An operator would copy a profile cast by a lamp and then use the device to trace the image onto a copper plate which could be inked and reused many times. One account said that a sitting could take as little as six minutes and result in a dozen impressions, each then hand-coloured and delivered in four days for 15 francs. In 1796, 600 physionotrace portraits were exhibited at the Paris Salon.
The subject of this portrait etched by Jean Fouquet (d.1799) is the geographer Edme Mentelle (1730-1815). It is offered for £2000 (plus VAT) by Simon Beattie.
The sale of Sporting Art, Wildlife and Dogs at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on October 6 includes a full set of equestrian-themed calendar prints by Charles Johnson Payne, called Snaffles (1884-1967). The dozen offset lithographs printed in colours have a £400-600 estimate.
This watercolour and pencil sketch is one of over 800 textile designs dating from 1860-72 created by John Barker of Manchester (1825-79). The archive has an estimate of £3000-5000 as part of Tennants’ sale in Leyburn on November 20 devoted to fabric patterns.
Barker was meticulous with his work and all his designs are signed and most dated, sometimes including the name of the client and the amount charged. Copies of his obituary that appeared in the Manchester papers of the day are included in the lot.
John Winston Lennon attended Quarry Bank Grammar School in Liverpool between 1952-57. A rebellious nature, contempt for authority, caustic wit, and an irresistible desire to perform earned him 22 detentions in under eight weeks between March 15-May 18, 1954.
This impressive record of misbehaviour is recorded on this single leaf torn from a detention book that (together with a letter of authentication from a Quarry Bank School lab technician) comes for sale as part of a 62-lot online-only sale of Beatles memorabilia at Sotheby’s. When the sale closes on October 1, bidding is expected to reach £3000-5000.
The sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples at Roseberys in London on October 6 includes this Ben Nicholson 1967 etching Patmos Monastery. A proof taken before the edition of 50, published by Ganymed and Marlborough, London, it was purchased directly from Francois Lafranca, Nicholson’s printer in Switzerland in 2004. Estimate £700-900.
This Edwin Landseer Lutyens (1869-1944) pencil sketch of two men on horseback carries the inscription A drawing by Sir Edwin Lutyens done on a menu and given to Canon GS Richards at a dinner. The menu is printed with the date January 30, 1935 and the coat of arms of the town Godalming, Surrey. It has a guide of £300-500 at Claydon Auctioneers in Middle Clayton, Buckinghamshire on October 2.
The years 1786-1813 represented a period of change for London’s Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British army. Its ranks swelled thanks to the threat of French invasion but the organisation was also gradually transforming from a metropolitan military organisation into one that was primarily civil and ceremonial.
This archive comprises pamphlets, letters and official documents such as officer lists. It is priced at £3500 by Antiquates Fine & Rare Books of Dorset.
This lithograph by William Scott (1913-89) titled Still Life with frying pan and eggs has a guide of £4000-5000 as part of the Archant collection of modern and contemporary art offered by Keys in Aylsham on October 10. Signed and dated ‘73 top right it is also numbered 184/250 in pencil lower left.
Archant, formerly known as Eastern Counties Newspapers, is a firm with a long heritage in East Anglia. It was co-founded by the Colman family (of mustard fame) in 1845. The collection has been on display at Archant’s Norwich headquarters for many years.
Kenneth Denton Shoesmith (1890-1939) was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and the British Society of Poster Designers. Much of his work was for the Canadian Pacific Railway, promoting the romance of maritime travel in the 1920s-30s.
This poster printed by The Baynard Press, London, features the largest and best-appointed Canadian Pacific liner, the Empress of Britain, commissioned in 1931.
Mounted on board, it has a guide of £500-600 at Halls in Shrewsbury on October 7.