Lot 644 (Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale (DAY TWO), 5th December 2018)
Henry Stacy Marks RA (1829-1898)
A MARABOU STORK;
A pair, both signed l.r., oil on canvas
138 x 68cm;
and another pair,
A CRESTED CRANE;
Both signed l.r., oil on canvas
86 x 46cm (4)
Provenance: The Tim Wonnacott the reasons that Lady Beaverbrook enjoyed these paintings in her Nova Scotia home.
The Tim Wonnacott Collection. Collection.
Henry Stacey Marks developed a definite theme later in his career depicting birds and ornithologists as well as landscapes. His principal patron was Hugh Grosvenor, First Duke of Westminster, working on the decorations at Eaton Hall between 1874 and 1880 including twelve panels of birds for the drawing room. In 1888, the Fine Art Society planned an exhibition on birds encouraging him to paint his most famous painting 'A Select Committee 1891' which is now in the Walker Art Gallery. His subjects often included Adjutant Storks and he visited the London Zoo regularly to observe them. His diploma work 'Science is measurement' depicted a scientist with measuring instruments before the skeleton of an adjutant stork and he acquired from a taxidermist a specimen to use in the preparation of the painting.
It is possible that these paintings were included in the Grosvenor commission for Eaton Hall because the sale of surplus contents from the Alfred Waterhouse-designed buildings undertaken by local Cheshire auctioneers, Messrs. Swettenhams, in 1960 included works by Marks before the Waterhouse structure was largely demolished retaining only the chapel and outbuildings.
See Lady Beaverbrook pasted labels verso.
Provenance: Marcia Anastasia Cristoforides, 1909-1994 married Canadian financier Sir James Hamet Dunn and following his death in 1956 became the beneficiary of his large estate. One of the late baronet's closest friends was fellow Canadian Max Aitken, first Baron Beaverbrook, who ultimately in 1963, aged 84, married the 53-year old Lady Dunn, who following Lord Beaverbrook's death the following year, became one of Canada's most prominent philanthropists. At the time of her death in 1994, when these paintings by H S Marks were at her home in New Brunswick, it was calculated that she had donated over 300 million dollars to support education, cultural undertakings and wildlife preservation, which may be one of
Sold for £16,000
Relined, small retouches to background - nothing obvious o bird.
Relined, surface a little dirty, especially to top, small retouches to background - nothing obvious on bird.
Relined, no obvious, retouching.
Large Stork (leg raised):
Relined, surface dirty, minor retouching on face and feathers, some retouching to lower landscape.
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The auction details are as follows:
Auction: Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale (DAY TWO), 5th December 2018
30 November 2018 9am - 5pm
1 December 2018 10am - 1pm
2 December 2018 10am - 1pm
3 December 2018 9am - 5pm
4 December 2018 9am - 5pm
5 December 2018 from 9am
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