Painting of Gosport for Bonhams Gentleman’s Library Auction

A fine painting of historic Gosport with view across to Portsmouth Harbour is for auction at Bonhams Gentleman’s Library Sale in London on 19 January.

The 19th century picture features well known local landmarks including the Semaphore Tower in the Dockyard – Head Office of the Naval Base Commander and Queen’s Harbour Master – which was destroyed by fire in 1913 and rebuilt.

Particularly interesting on the Gosport side are a group of buildings which were the genesis of the world famous yacht builders, Camper and Nicholson, established in 1782. The company is still the international market leader today.

The canvas is signed by the initials of the artist, who is otherwise unidentified, and is estimated at between £6,000-8,000.

The Gentleman’s Library Sale is now in its 11th year. Unique to Bonhams, the sale features all kinds of objects that may have been found in a Victorian or Edwardian Gentleman’s Library from fossils to cigarette boxes, leather armchairs to globes, chess sets to family portraits.

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