This textbook oil (pictured top) by the artist-plantsman Sir Cedric Morris will be on the stand of Richard Green at Masterpiece London. Flowers, dated 1926, measures 2ft x 2ft 4in (60 x 71cm) and is priced at £350,000.
The influential East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Suffolk was founded by Morris and his partner Arthur Lett-Haines – first at Pound Farm in Dedham and then (after a catastrophic fire) at Benton End. The gardens there were famed for their beauty.
Gorringe’s Summer Fine Art and Antique sale in Lewes on June 28 includes, estimated at £50,000-80,000, this drawing by Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-75). Girl (Pillar), rendered in oil and pencil on a masonite board, dates from 1949.
The June 30 sale at Dawsons in Maidenhead includes Modern British art from a private London collection. One of two bronzes by Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003), Walking Couple III, 17in (42cm) high, is estimated at £80,000-120,000.
Dated 1934, this oil on board by Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) titled Nesting Swans, Chartwell is priced at £150,000 by Charles Beddington during London Art Week. The 13 x 16in (33 x 41cm) composition, exhibited at the Leicester Galleries in June 1934, has a Churchill family provenance and was hung in 10 Downing Street during the war years. It was sold as part of the Clementine Churchill sale in 1956 and again in 1977 when it was purchased by Spink & Son on behalf of the present owner.
This 13 x 11in (32 x 27cm) painting of a snow-shrouded street, 1917-18, was given by Harold Gilman (1876-1919) to his friend and fellow artist Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954). The painting has remained in the family’s private collection until now and is offered for sale for the first time by Piano Nobile during London Art Week.
As a key member of both the Camden Town Group (established in 1911) and the London Group (established 1913), Gilman took familiar artistic genres and applied them to the environs of urban London. Here the snow scene popularised by Claude Monet is transmuted to the greasy winter streets of north London.
The location of the street in snow is uncertain although Gilman painted the composition twice – this the smaller version priced in the region of £250,000.
Aeropittura (Aeropainting) became a major expression of the second generation of Italian Futurism, from 1929 through the early 1940s. The technology and excitement of flight, directly experienced by most painters offered aeroplanes and aerial landscape as new subject matter. This work, Virata sulla Valleta, Malta by Giulio D’anna (1908-78), was painted c.1934-35. It comes from a private collection in Rome with an estimate of £30,000- 50,000 at Bonhams’ timed online sale titled Aeropittura: Italian Futurism in Flight, running from July 18-26.
Mrs Linda Few Brown (1958) by Stanley Spencer leads Bonhams’ Modern British and Irish Art sale in London on June 22, estimated at £250,000-350,000.
The portrait was commissioned – possibly as a late wedding gift – by the sitter’s mother, Dorothy Milling, who also suggested the pose of her daughter leaning over the stable-style door. On her marriage in 1955, Linda had moved to Cookham Dean and so she and her husband Peter were near neighbours of Spencer.
The work took a month of sittings to complete. Each day Linda would collect Spencer from his home in Cookham Rise on her Vespa scooter – sometimes stopping on the way at the local bakery to collect some of the cream cakes to which the artist was especially partial. The two became friends and when the work was finished, and Mrs Milling attempted to pay more than the agreed fee of 275 guineas, Spencer refused.
Mrs Linda Few Brown was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1959.
Sotheby’s will offer nine works by Helene Schjerfbeck, one of Finland’s most celebrated artists, as part of a sale of European & British Art in London on July 13. Consigned to auction from a Swedish private collection, the group constitutes what is arguably the most important ensemble of late works by the artist – sometimes described as ‘Finland’s Munch’ – still in private hands.
Girl at the Gate is among Schjerfbeck’s best-known compositions and one that exists in four painted versions. The earliest was painted in a naturalistic style, however by the time she painted this charcoal and watercolour known as Version IV in c.1943-44, her style had become more schematic.
The model is Eva Thilén, the youngest daughter of Johan and Wilhelmiina Thilén, relatives of Schjerfbeck’s good friend and fellow artist Ada Thilén.