The British and Continental Pictures Auction on the 17th April at Olympia Auctions (www.OlympiaAuctions.com), is particularly strong in modern British pictures with works by exponents in the field including Augustus John, John Bratby, Anne Redpath and Dame Laura Knight. Works also for sale by lesser known figures such as Harry Epworth Allen and Sir Thomas Monnington P.R.A. nonetheless have a dedicated following.
The sale features a strong selection of topographical works, including unusual watercolours of the Canadian Pacific Railway and Big Horn Mountain by Washington Friend (£300-500 each), watercolours of Mahabaleshwar by Lieut. Gen. Henry Hancock and a striking, small gouache of Valletta at sunset by the sought-after Maltese artist Luigi Maria Galea (£500-700)
The drawings section includes a folio of life-drawing studies by Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac, a great friend of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, which is estimated at £600-800. Of particular interest in this section is a drawing which measures over two metres long of the Battle of Bareilly, 1858, drawn by Lieut. Gen. Henry Hope Crealock. Crealock is best remembered for his definitive accounts of deer stalking in the Highlands, but was also an accomplished amateur draughtsman whose depictions of military events in Africa, China and India featured in the Illustrated London News and are valuable records of the campaigns.
On Monday the 15th April, Tom Mendel will be doing a talk about the highlights of the British and Continental Pictures and Prints auction at 6.45pm in the gallery at Olympia Auctions. Free tickets have to be reserved, available on our website under ‘EVENTS’ here: https://www.olympiaauctions.
GREVILLE IRWIN, R.B.A. (1893-1947)
signed l.r. GREVILLE IRWIN
oil on board