Painting by Manchester Local Hero Claims Strong Price at Bonhams Sale

An oil painting by Manchester artist Arthur Delaney claimed one of the top prices of the day at Bonhams Chester December sale of paintings.

Delaney painted this classic view of the Stockport Viaduct based on his childhood memories of Manchester and Stockport. Several collectors and dealers bid strongly for the work which eventually sold for £9,600 after a protracted bidding battle. Auctioneer Richard Hopkinson described it as a very fine example of Delaney’s work.

Arthur Delaney (1927-1987) was an amateur artist who trained and worked as a textile designer. He started to sell his work when one of his paintings sold for over £60 at a charity auction in the early 1970’s. Thereafter he held a number of successful exhibitions with galleries in the Manchester area. Delaney had a lifelong fascination with cars, trains and machinery. This painting featured many trams, one of his favourite subjects. Many Manchester people who knew Delaney speak of his warmth and humour. This is communicated in his paintings.

Bonhams’ auctioneer Richard Hopkinson commented “Paintings by Delaney appeal to local collectors, as do the works of many of his contemporaries from the north west. This was one of the highest prices that we have ever achieved for one of his paintings.”