The remaining paintings from famous Norfolk-based artist, Gwyneth Johnstone, will go under the hammer at Cheffins in Cambridge on 25th February.

The nine pictures are the remaining works from Johnstone’s private collection and studio near Coltishall, Norfolk. Cheffins previously set the record for a Gwyneth Johnstone picture at auction titled Living at Barnsbury Terrace which sold for £13,000 in February 2020, also from the personal collection.

Johnstone was born in 1915 in Coltishall, Norfolk, and was the illegitimate daughter of musician Nora Brownsword and famous artist, Augustus John. From 1933 – 1938 Johnstone studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London where she established friendships with artists Mary Fedden and Virginia Parsons. She also trained under cubist artists, Andre Lhote in Paris and Cecil Collins. Gwyneth Johnstone spent her time between her home in Norfolk and later in the South of France and Spain. She died in 2010 and was buried alongside her mother in a ruined church near Coltishall.

Highlights amongst the paintings on offer at Cheffins in February include one of Johnstone’s largest paintings ever executed titled, Provencale Market which has an estimate of £5,000 - £8,000. There are also a number of additional abstract landscapes which have estimates ranging from £200 - £500 and an oil painting titled Mother and Daughter which has an estimate of £400 - £600.

Brett Tryner, Director, Cheffins says: “This is the final collection of pictures to come from Gwyneth Johnstone’s private studio and as such is completely fresh-to-the-market. Johnstone’s work is growing in popularity as her energetic and romantic landscapes become synonymous with East Anglian post-war art. Johnstone’s pictures appeared in a series of group shows in the 1960s, including the Women’s International Art Club and Young Contemporaries, however it was from the 1980’s onwards that she saw her most success with a series of solo exhibitions in both London and Norfolk.”

Auction: The Art & Design Sale, 25th February 2021
 Cheffins, Clifton House, 1-2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, UK, CB1 7EA

For further information contact the Fine Art Department on 01223 213343,


For further media information, please contact Sophie Richardson, PR Manager at Cheffins,

t: 01223 271990, e: