11th Nov, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European & Sporting Art

Lot 1084


Sidney Richard Percy (1821-1886)
"The Sound of Scalpa" (1872)
Signed and dated (18)72, oil on canvas, 22cm by 37cm

Sold for £2,200
Estimated at £2,000 - £3,000


Somewhat stiffly re-lined, cleaned and re-varnished. Surface slightly flattened by the process and paint posisbly a little thin in places ie left hand side of the expanse of water. Some surface dirt and discoloured varnish now in evidence. Some visible re-touching to old widely spaced cracquelure. Sporadic and delicate re-touches on left hand side lower section and within the darker pigment along the back right hand side of the water, plus the river bank behind the figure and a fairly minimal degree of the immediate landscape in this area. Some further small re-touches/ strenthening to the darker tones and shadows within the figure and boat and parts of the grassy tufts to the right of this. Further small and delicate re-touching within the grasses and heather on the right hand side, lower right hand corner and edge. Otherwise in a stable state of preservation.

Losses to frame mostly lower and to a greater extent upper centre.


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Auction: British, European & Sporting Art, 11th Nov, 2023

On the Kentish Downs by Algernon Cecil Newton is one of the highlights of the British, European and Sporting Art Sale on 11th November. On offer with an estimate of £8,000-12,000 (plus buyer’s premium), the picture is a fine example of Newton’s quiet yet poetic landscapes.

Further highlights include Eugene Galien-Laloue’s Paris, Winter Fruit Stalls of 1910, and “The Engagement Ring” by Arthur Claude Cooke, which was exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1901. Also of note in the sale is Lady Electra Being Led by a Groom by Lionel Edwards.

The sale will also include a Private Collection of works by Myles Birkett Foster and George Weatherill, and the last remaining paintings from the T.B. & R. Jordan Collection of Staithes Artists.


Sunday 5 November - Friday 10 November 11am-4pm, and morning of sale from 8am. 

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