The paintings have come from the collection of the late Martin Beaver, whose family originated from Whitchurch, Devon and collected these pictures over a series of many years. Dating from the 18th century and 19th century, the paintings on offer include seventeen watercolours and three oils from some of the most well-regarded Devon artists, including William Payne, Francis Towne, Nicholas Matthew Condy and John Nixon.
One of the highlights of the sale will be an oil painting from Nicholas Matthew Condy (thumbnail image), which dates back to 1834 and depicts a scene of shipping on the Tamar, near Plymouth. This carries an estimate of £2,000 - £4,000. Similarly, a watercolour by Francis Towne of Fingle Bridge (below), Drewsteignton, is set to make between £2,000 and £4,000. Having been somewhat forgotten about until recent years, Francis Towne is currently in demand with his work now featuring in major global collections including the Tate, the Louvre, the Rijksmuseum and the British Museum.
Seven of the works on offer are by William Payne, the highly-regarded watercolour artist and etcher who invented the tint Payne’s Grey, and feature views of Topsham, Stoke Church, Orestone and various other scenes near Plymouth. These vary in estimates from £200 - £600 apiece. Also on offer will be two watercolour scenes by John Varley, which show views of Dawlish and Totnes. Other Devon scenes include views of Totnes from the River Dart, views of Exeter and various coastal and countryside scenes from throughout the county.
Brett Tryner, Associate, Cheffins comments:
‘The collection of drawings amassed by the late Martin Beaver were painted during the golden age of British watercolours and the majority of the collection depicts views of his beloved Devon from where his family originated. Devon was just as much a popular destination for 18th century artists as it is today, its beautiful scenery was easy to capture by these early romantic watercolour painters and we expect this collection to draw interest from anyone with a passion for the South West.”
Auction: The Fine Art Sale | 13th & 14th June from 11am
Location: Cheffins, Clifton House, 1-2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, UK, CB1 7EA
For more information, contact the Fine Art team or telephone 01223 213343.
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