Two centuries of artworks in sale

An enticing collection of prints, etchings and lithographs spanning two centuries will be coming up for sale later this month at London specialist auctioneers, 25 Blyth Road.

Harry Moore-Gwyn inspecting picture
Harry inspects a 19th-century Dutch landscape with a UV light

The Harry Moore-Gwyn’s British and Continental Pictures auction will feature over 200 lots, ranging from an 18th-century etching by Giovanni Battista Piranesi to a 20th-century linocut by Claude Flight. Prices start at just £50 to upwards of £20,000.

Highlights among the etchings and lithographs include The Round Tower (plate III from Carceri d’Invenzione) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi – an etching and engraving from 1749, probably printed in 1830 which carries an estimate of £800-£1000, alongside the seminal linocut by 20th-century British printmaker Claude Flight entitled Speed (estimate: £15,000-£20,000).

HMG Portrait of a girl with a red book
‘Portrait of a girl with a red book’ School of Parma, 16th-century oil on canvas. Estimate: £1,500-£2,000

A wealth of 19th-century French Impressionist lithographs will be represented, including Carnaval, Marie-Louise Marsy and Jeanne Granier (from portraits d’acteurs et d’actrices’) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; Les Boulevards’ by Pierre Bonnard, estimate £500-£700; and a plate from Les Gens de Justice by Honore Daumier.

In the works on paper section of the sale, six watercolours by Thomas Rowlandson include an interestingly uncharacteristic in style Highwayman, estimated £2000-£3000, as well as The Chamber of Genius depicting a struggling artist, which is estimated at £1000-£1500.

British drawings from the later 19th and early 20th centuries include Entrance to 8 Fitzroy Street, Whistler’s Studio in pen and brown ink, heightened with white, by Walter Sickert, estimated at £1500-£2000; and Two Women Seated in an interior, a watercolour also by Sickert estimated at £1200-£1800.

Other works include a Luke Piper watercolour entitled Battersea Power Station, Graham Sutherland’s Tree Form, part of a group of studies based on withered oak trees; and three works by Kenneth Rowntree, which come directly from the family and featured in the dedicated exhibitions at the Fry Art Gallery and Pallant House.

The sale takes place on October 25.

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