18th Mar, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European and Sporting Pictures

  Lot 1080


William Crabb (1811-1876) Scottish
Portrait of Surgeon James Smith RN
Oil on canvas, 90cm by 70cm

Sold for £400
Estimated at £500 - £700


In fully restored condition relined cleaned and re-varnished. The paint is slightly thin and surface is somewhat flattened as a result of restoration. Stretcher shadow. Some light rubbin to edges with a small loss upper left-hand side edge approx 3cm from upper left corner. Some general surface dirt and discoloured varnish and deteriorated varnish with mottled character in places. Some evident restoration and retouching by eye within the background in particular on the gentleman's face. The darker elements and shadows of the gentleman's black collar/neck tie and the edge to his white shirt shows some general strengthening. In addition to some of the strands of his hair at temples and around the forehead. In addition to the background around his right ear. Areas of varying sized cracquelure some more pronounced within the background above and left of the sitter's head. Small fragment encapsulated in paint right of left-hand side edge approx 30cm above lower left-hand corner. Odd other minor nick/abrasion to surface.


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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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