11th Nov, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST
Circle of Herman van Swanevelt (1603-1655) Dutch
Soldiers at rest in a rocky landscape
Oil on canvas, 66.5cm by 116cm
Sold for £700
Estimated at £600 - £900
Old reline. Covered in a fairly thick layer of dirt and discoloured varnish. Varying sized craquelure throughout surface which is more pronounced in places, particularly around the central area. Slight stretcher shadow especially along upper horizontal. Obvious vertical seam running the full width of the canvas approximately 4cm from left hand side edge (see image). Vertical surface nick or scratch to lower edge, no more than 0.5cm in length and roughly 30-35cm from lower left hand corner. Other minor imperfections /abrasions to parts of edge. Sporadic retouches of varying sizes through sky and mostly left hand side cloud. Some likely general strengthening to the shadows and vegetation of the left hand side, with the dark pigments to denote the broken tree truck situated towards the lower left hand corner mostly repainted or consistently strengthened. The shadows immediately above and left of the rocky outcrop within the foreground have also received a consistent amount of retouching. Further strengthening through the central part of the composition with some more sporadic strengthening to some of the hanging foliage within the central area. Fairly delicate retouches to the shadows and outline to the centrally positioned soldier with a further somewhat more consistent patch of strengthening to the dark space between receding foliage between the central and right hand side figure. The underside of the rock before the far right hand side figure has been strengthened or been painted. And the foliage above and right of this figure group would apparently have had some general redefining. Two further patches of retouching and strengthening immediately left of the right hand side rocky outcrop, the largest being no more than 1cm by 2cm overall. Any other retouching or intervention less notable or less apparent. Otherwise in a broadly stable state of preservation and a condition consitent with the painting's age.
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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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