18th Mar, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European and Sporting Pictures

  Lot 1034


William Mellor (1851-1931)
"Bolton Abbey from the Wharfe, Yorkshire"
"On the Wharfe, Bolton Woods, Yorkshire"

Each signed, inscribed verso, oil on canvas, 39cm by 59.5cm (2)

Sold for £6,000
Estimated at £2,000 - £3,000


Bolton Abbey from the Wharfe - In an overall good and original state of preservation. Very slight buckle to canvas upper right hand corner. Relatively light surface dirt and discoloured varnish. Some possible sporadic strengthing through the foliage of the trees, foreground, lowlights of the cattle and possible signature?

On the Wharfe, Bolton Woods - Small patch repair to reverse of canvas (see images). Areas of widely spaced craquelure most notably in the sky above the hillside centre. Light surface dirt and discoloured varnish. Possible minor retouching/strengthening to parts of the foliage, and lowlights of the rocks, cattle and reflections.


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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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