An Artist's Estate Unveiled

Our Modern British and 20th Century Art auction on November 13 includes work from two artists’ studios. The previously unseen paintings by Australian Tony Underhill (1923-77) and the Suffolk painter Robert Sadler (1909-2001) shed light on two contrasting talents from a golden moment in post war British art.

Underhill was one of the Australian artists who came to London after the Second World War. A political radical sacked as a lecturer for supporting student protests, he achieved considerable success exhibiting in major galleries in the West End and his work is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria.

However, when he died suddenly 40 years ago, his second wife closed his studio leaving finished and unfinished works and artistic equipment exactly in situ. It has only recently been reopened to reveal an untouched time capsule. A limited selection of works will appear in our November auction.

 

Anthony Underhill (1923-1977)

Anthony Underhill (1923-1977)

 

STANDING FIGURES by Anthony Underhill

Anthony Underhill (1923-1977)

STANDING FIGURES

Est. £600-800

 

Sadler’s career as an artist also began in the post-war era but after 25 years in service. A pilot in the RAF from 1930 and later a representative on the NATO Joint Chiefs of Staff Intelligence Committee in Washington, DC, he ‘retired’ in 1955, returning to Suffolk to devote the rest of his life to painting. 

 

Robert Sadler (1909-2001)

Robert Sadler (1909-2001)

 
Polo Players by Robert Sadler

Robert Sadler (1909-2001)

POLO PLAYERS 

Est. TBC

 


 

More Recent News

 

Items From The Guardian’s Design Correspondent Come To Auction

Our Design sale on 4-5 May includes a group of Arts & Crafts items from the estate of the design writer and biographer Fiona MacCarthy OBE (1940-2020). Married to the Sheffield-based silversmith and designer David Mellor (1930-2009), who she first met when conducting an interview in 1967, MacCarthy’s background as a journalist for House and Garden and the Guardian helped to lay the foundations for seminal works on C R Ashbee, the Omega Workshops, William Morris, Eric Gill, and Stanley Spencer. 

 

Gabbertas Studio’s Most Iconic Designs Come to Auction

Sworders Design department is delighted to be offering a selection of some of the Gabbertas Studio’s most iconic designs, some of which are extremely rare versions of designs or prototypes made by the hand of Mark Gabbertas himself | DESIGN WEDNESDAY 5 MAY 2021

Holt Festival Returns

Following Covid's cancellation of the Festival in 2020, the charming Georgian market town of Holt in Norfolk is delighted to be resuming its role as host of East Anglia’s celebration of creativity, Holt Festival, this summer, and Sworders couldn't be prouder to be sponsoring not one, but two art prizes this year. 

 


 

Get Sworders News