Knaresborough painting goes under hammer at North Yorkshire auction house

‘Deconstructing Seurat’ (blue) is listed with an estimate of £1,200-1,800 plus buyer’s premium.

Craig-Martin has led the conceptual art movement in Britain since the mid-1960s and has been an inspiration to a younger generation of British artists through his works as a highly influential teacher at Goldsmiths.

Also on offer is ‘Scarlet Ibises’ by renowned wildlife artist and illustrator Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe (1901-1979) (estimate: £2,000-3,000). The watercolor was exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1970, when purchased by the current seller. It is sold with a page from the exhibition catalog and correspondence between the seller and the artist about the painting.

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Other notable lots in the sale include ‘The Baker’s Wife II’ by Paula Rego (b. 1935) (estimate: £800-1,200) and ‘Cricket’, perhaps the artist’s most recognized linocut Grosvenor School Edith Lawrence (1890-1973) (estimate: £3,000-5,000).

Northern art, always well represented at Tennants Auctioneers, is led by unusually large paintings by Stuart Walton, born in Leeds in 1933. A self-taught artist, he focused on depicting endangered Victorian terraced houses, cobbled streets and dark courtyards. of Leeds. His paintings capture the atmosphere of the post-industrial North and his time growing up in the region. Six works by the artist are on offer in the sale, the highlights being ‘Glasshoughton Colliery’ (estimate: £2,500-4,000) and ‘Landscape, Armley’ (estimate: £2,500-4,000).

Frederick Cecil Jones was a Yorkshire painter, printmaker and art teacher who produced exquisitely detailed cityscapes of his native county that capture the spirit of time, place and people. A record for a Jones painting was set at Tennants in 2021, when ‘Scarborough’ sold for £6,500.

Now on sale is ‘Figures Beside Rowing Boats, Knaresborough’, offered with an estimate of £700-1,000, alongside two other works by the artist.

Also of interest to northern art collectors is Geoffrey Key’s ‘Girls and Clouds’, offered with an estimate of £3,000-5,000. Other highlights of the sale include ‘Girl Sitting in a Window’ by Malcolm Drummond (1889-1945) (estimate: £3,000-5,000), ‘Conversation in the Pub’ by Ruskin Spear (1911-1990) (estimate: £2,000-3,000), ‘Croft by the Sea, South Uist’ by John Lowrie Morrison ‘Jolomo’ (b. 1948) (estimate: £2,000-3,000), ‘Spanish Landscape, Lecrin Hillside’ by Barbara Rae (b. 1943) (estimate £1,000-1,500) and ‘Lady with Outstretched Arms on Horse’, a bronze by Michael Duhan (b. 1956) (estimate: £1,500-2,000).

Anyone wishing to visit one of the lots can do so on Thursday February 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday February 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the morning of the sale from 8 a.m.

The illustrated auction catalog is also available at

The prices shown are an estimated hammer price, which is subject to a buying commission of 22% plus VAT. Estimates are subject to change.

Tennants Auctioneers is a fourth generation family business and one of the UK’s largest international antiques and fine art auctioneers. Based in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, the company holds over 80 sales and connects over 200,000 buyers and sellers each year. In 2014, Tennants expanded the auction center to 80,000 square feet with the development of The Garden Rooms – a venue dedicated to events, weddings, conferences and exhibitions. The venue is one of the largest event spaces in the region with a capacity of over 600 people.

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