A selection of works by East Anglian artists including Edward Seago, Sir Alfred Munnings and Campbell Archibald Mellon will be offered for sale at Bonhams Modern & East Anglian Pictures auction on November 13. The sale will chart the artistic development of this picturesque region from early 19th Century Norwich and Suffolk School paintings through to contemporary works by some of the region’s finest living artists including Maggi Hambling and Tessa Newcomb.
Long renowned for their ability to capture the beauty of the area’s landscape and atmosphere, the artists who worked and lived in the east of England have become very widely appreciated.
One of the highlights of the East Anglian section of this sale is ‘The Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill’ by Edward Seago , an archetypal East Anglian scene showing sailing barges under high summer skies moored at the old inn’s wharf beside the tidal mud flats of the River Orwell and estimated at £20,000-30,000.
Sir Alfred Munnings ‘Landscape with sheep’ reveals his fascination with the distinctive landscape of the ancient woodland of the Stour valley, and is estimated at £20,000-30,000.
Works by Campbell Archibald Mellon have long proved popular at auction and on offer on November 13 are a quartet of exceptional beach scenes painted at Gorleston-on-Sea just south of Great Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast. Estimates range from £7,000-10,000 for ‘Afternoon August, Gorleston – Veiled sunshine sketch’ to £4,000-6,000 for the delightful ‘Building sandcastles – Gorleston beach’.
Two of East Anglia’s most successful women painters are represented by striking works: Mary Newcomb ‘Golden Pheasants’ at £8,000-12,000 and Mary Potter ‘The Flower Room, The Red House, Aldeburgh’ , estimated at £15,000-20,000.
East Anglian Picture Sale Previews:
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1PS:
Tuesday, 30 October, 9am-7pm
Wednesday, 31 October, 9am-4pm
Bonhams, Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge SW7 1HH:
Sunday, 11 November, 11am-3pm
Monday, 12 November, 9am-4.30pm
Tuesday, 13 November, 9am-11am