18th Mar, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European and Sporting Pictures

Lot 1036


Johannes Frederik Hulk the Elder (1829-1911) Dutch
Preparing ships in a harbour, possibly Amsterdam
Signed, oil on canvas, 73cm by 105cm

Provenance: MacConnal-Mason & Son Limited, London

Sold for £4,000
Estimated at £2,000 - £3,000


In fully restored condition, relined, cleaned and re-varnished. The paint surface is somewhat flattened and abraded due to the restoration process with light surface dirt and discoloured varnish now in evidence. General strengthening throughout the sky mostly through the lighter / white pigment. Sporadic linear and fairly fine reinforcement to some of the darkest tones witjhin the masonry of the buildings left-hand side. With further sporadic retouching throughout the foreground and delicate retouching and infilling to the mast of the ship. More concentrated area of strengthening again to the darkest shadows at the edge of the left-hand side mast. A similar light degree of retouching to old cracquelure and strengthening of darker shadows and definition to elements of the left-hand side of the composition, lower right-hand side edge etc.


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Auction: British, European and Sporting Pictures, 18th Mar, 2023

Traditional Picture Sales offer a wide range of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the 15th to the early 20th centuries.

The sale includes the Picture Collection from Denton Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire which has been part of the NG Bailey group of companies for over 40 years. NG Bailey is the UK’s leading independent engineering and services business and is owned by the Bailey family. 

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available leading up to the sale.

Entries are invited for forthcoming sales


Sunday 12th March 11am-4pm, Monday 13th March-Friday 17th March 10am-4pm and morning of the sale from 8am. 

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