Lot 152 (Sporting Art, Wildlife and Dogs, 30th April 2019)
George Earl (1824-1908)
IN THE BRAMBLES
Signed c.r., oil on board
34 x 34cm
The Bryan Steele Collection
Many years ago Bryan was browsing an antiques auction when he came across a very appealing, small, pencil-signed Herbert Dicksee etching of a sleeping puppy. He left a commission bid and happened to secure it. He liked it so much that he went on to buy a few more dog etchings by the same artist and over ensuing years he amassed a large collection of works by Dicksee, travelling far. He had become a fanatical collector and over the years has created a large and virtually complete collection of etchings and other works by Herbert Thomas Dicksee R.E. (1862 – 1942). Bryan has taken the decision to begin the disposal of his collection, his reason is simply his advancing years.
The Collection includes over 180 different-subject, original signed artist proof etchings (about 100 mounted and framed to conservation standards, the remainder stored flat and protected by individual folders). Many were purchased from the artist’s descendants and the family art dealer respectively. Sales will include items of interest to both print connoisseurs and collectors alike.
We are delighted to present the first selection from the Bryan Steele collection in this sale, with further items to be offered in the forthcoming Fine Interiors sale on the 25 and 26 June 2019.
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Sold for £4,600
Generally, the painting appears to be in original condition. There is some matt finish to the black pigment of the eyes and tip of the nose, it is unclear whether these areas have been strengthened, or whether they are standing out due to the varnish sinking which makes them stand out more than they otherwise would have. Glazed, unexamined out of frame.
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The auction details are as follows:
Auction: Sporting Art, Wildlife and Dogs, 30th April 2019
Sworders Auctioneers, 15 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ
0203 971 2500
8 April -18 April 2019
26 April 2019, 9am - 5pm
28 April 2019, 10am - 1pm
29 April 2019, 9am - 5pm
30 April 2019, from 9am
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