11th Nov, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European & Sporting Art

  Lot 1076


George Augustus Williams (1814-1901)
Snow-bound river landscape with figures at dusk
Initialled, oil on canvas, 59.5cm by 105.5cm

Sold for £1,800
Estimated at £600 - £900


In fully restored condition. Slightly stiffly relined, cleaned and revarnished. Retouching to upper left hand corner and minimally along upper edge left hand side and upper edge right hand side, sporadically elsewhere to upper edge. Scattered and fairly minimal retouches to the sky, left hand side edge above vegetation, narrowly and inconsistently partially retouched. Further patch of slightly denser retouching or restoration left hand side approximately centre, which is roughly 0.5cm by 2cm in length. Small area of retouching below and marginally across the initials in the lower left hand corner, roughly 0.5cm by 1cm. Some general fine and delicate redrawing and strengthening through the foliage, the outline and partial detailing of the resting horse , the other animals and the figures on the left hand side. Larger patch of denser and more consistent over painting within the darker tones and shadows each side of the standing central figure, mostly at waist height and below. Some likely further delicate redrawing and strengthening to outline etc of the figures engaged in a snowball fight to the right hand side and the buildings beyond. Likely mostly vertical tear with horizontal cross-damage to approximate centre within the upper reaches of the centrally placed tree with evident associated retouching and restoration (see image). Surface dirt and discoloured varnish now in evidence. Odd minor loss and abrasion to top edge in general due to movement in frame. Small-scale stable craquelure throughout. The surface is slightly flattened and the paint slightly thin in places due to the restoration process, but otherwise in a broadly good and presentable state of presentation.

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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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