11th Nov, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European & Sporting Art

  Lot 1080


Alfred Augustus Glendening Snr. (1840-1921)

"Hay Harvest, Charlton, Kent"

Initialled and dated 1869, oil on canvas, 64.5cm by 125cm

Exhibited: Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, "Exhibition of Paintings", 1869, No. 80, priced £35

The artist painted a slightly smaller work depicting the same hay-harvesting scene in 1872.

"Hay Harvest, Charlton, Kent" is listed in "Capturing the British Landscape: Alfred Augustus Glendening (1841-1921)" by Alice Munro-Faure, p. 301 and is listed on the Alfred Augustus Glendening Database.

We are grateful to David Coulthard and Alice Munro-Faure for their assistance in cataloguing this lot.

Sold for £1,300
Estimated at £700 - £1,000


In fully restored condition. Fairly stiffly relined, cleaned and revarnished. Surface dirt and discoloured varnish now in evidence. The varnish has a fairly high-gloss finish. The paint is somewhat flattened and thin in places as a result of the restoration process. Some general old rubbing and small losses to in particular the top edge as a result of movement in frame, with visible old and discoloured retouching in parts to disguise damage. Further small losses also in evidence along top edge right hand side (see image). Varying sized stable craquelure especially prominent to sky. Slight stretcher shadow. Likley linear strengthening to the dark coloured strands of sheathed corn lying in meandering lines through the foreground, in addition to likely delicate strengthening to outlining and detailing of the standing female figure wearing a bonnet towards receding horizon, the lower parts of the peaked hay stoops and the animals, figures and cart wheels of the distant componants (see images). Some further likely restoration and intervention to the figure group within the foreground and some possible loss of original brushwork and detailing as a result of the restoration process. Signature possibly received a degree of general strengthening. Possible retouches to landscape and vegetation mostly right hand corner. For more information please contact the department.

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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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