Pictures From the Collection of Author Sir Compton MacKenzie to Sell at Bonhams in Edinburgh

Two magnificent pictures from the collection of celebrated author and co-founder of the SNP, Sir Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972) will be offered at Bonhams Fine Paintings Sale in Edinburgh on 4th December.

Mackenzie, writer of much-loved Ealing Comedy Whisky Galore, among other noted works, was a neighbour of celebrated Scottish artists Sir William McTaggart (1835-1910) and Anne Redpath (1895–1965), who both lived in Edinburgh’s New Town.

Drummond PlaceThe former is represented in the upcoming sale by a fine oil painting entitled After Rain, Drummond Place, which is expected to fetch up to £10,000, whilst Redpath’s gouache of , Skye may realise £5,000. Both of these important works are being offered by a descendant of the family.

This remarkable sale will also feature work by a number of eminent artists including Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840), John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961),George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931), Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935) and Sir Robin Philipson, 1916-1992, including a selection of striking portraits, vivid still life arrangements and an array of beautiful landscapes.

Chris Brickley, Head of Picture Department at Bonhams Edinburgh comments: “These are particularly fine and representative examples. The McTaggart is a strong, much-exhibited work, one of the best I have seen, and the lovely little Redpath appears to have been a seventy-fifth birthday gift from the painter. Mackenzie loved the islands of the West Coast, having a house on Barra, and Redpath clearly felt he would enjoy this picture.”