18th Mar, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European and Sporting Pictures

  Lot 1037


Alfred Montague (1832-1883)
Continental river town with loaded barge and market stalls

Sailing and shipping vessels beside a quayside with figures

Signed, oil on canvas, 24cm by 39.5cm (2)

Sold for £700
Estimated at £300 - £500


Market Stalls - Covered in a later of dirt and discoloured varnish. The black areas of pigment to denote the right hand side market stalls roof and awning is possibly later with some further more delicate retouches and strengthening through the darker tones denoting the edges of the tiles on the right hand side roof. The right hand shadows side of the lead window immediately above the top of the first market stall has also been strengthened. Some of the pebbles in the foreground in general look to be retouched/strengthend as do some of the outlines of the figures and parts of the window paines within the more prominent building. Some circular craqulure towards upper right hand corner. Minor rubbing to edges. Signature slightly obscured by slip. 

Quayside - Covered in a layer of dirt and discoloured varnish. Retouches and strengthening to the rooves, outlines and windows of the buildings on the left hand side. Further sporadic retouches and strengthening to darker shadows, to figures, across the quayside itself and within the underside of the nearest boat moored at the quayisde, touches through the water, far right window pains, the centrally positioned boats and figures, parts of the horizon line and the group of figures and boats towards the lower right hand corner. In addition to isolated spots within the water. Minor rubbing to edges. With line of small losses towards upper right hand corner and upper left hand corner.


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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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