11th Nov, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European & Sporting Art

  Lot 1091


Percy Morton Teasdale RCamA (1870-1961)
"The First Ship"
Signed, oil on canvas, 125.5cm by 100cm

Provenance: Purchased by relatives of John Wood from the artist's studio at Robin Hood's Bay
Private collection, UK

Sold for £8,000
Estimated at £1,500 - £2,500


Relined, cleaned and revarnished. Retains reasonable to good surface and impasto. Light surface dirt and discoloured varnish now in evidence. A few tiny surface nicks, mostly near to the left hand side edge. Small patch of mostly vertical retouching approximately 35cm from upper left hand corner and 2-3cm from left hand side edge, which is 0.5cm by 2cm overall. Retouching to lower left hand corner and a small patch approximately 10cm to the right of this which measures 0.5cm by 2cm overall. Further virtually circular patch of retouching or restoration below and just right of the "e" of the signature, roughly 2-3cm in diameter. Minor retouching to right hand side edge at approximate height of the bench which the fisherman sits upon. Possible other minor retouching elsewhere but otherwise in a broadly good, stable and highly presentable state of presentation.

Provenance as provided by repute. No further notable provenance known to date.


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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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