Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (British, 1869-1958) The Approaching Storm 88.9 x 154.4 cm. (35 x 60 3/4 in.)
Lot 34AR
Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (British, 1869-1958) The Approaching Storm 88.9 x 154.4 cm. (35 x 60 3/4 in.)
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 34,000 - 51,000
Lot Details
Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (British, 1869-1958)
The Approaching Storm
signed 'L. Kemp-Welch' (lower left)
oil on canvas
88.9 x 154.4 cm. (35 x 60 3/4 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    With The Plaitford House Gallery, Romsey, Hampshire, where acquired by the present owners, 18 June 1976

    For her depictions of horses at work, in pursuit or at rest Lucy Kemp-Welch is considered amongst the greatest British painters of equine life in the period straddling the turn of the last century. She dedicated herself to her art, studying her subject through exhaustive field sketches and oil studies in every manor of location in order to hone her ability.

    Born in Bournemouth, she studied under Hubert von Herkomer and in later years took the reins of the art school he established in Bushey. Exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy from 1895 to 1949, Kemp-Welch was a vivacious woman commanding great respect amongst her peers and in a male dominated genre of sports painting often outshone her gentleman counterparts.
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The 29 May sale was the departments most successful auction to date making almost £5m.

Furthermore, it was 90% sold by value with some staggering results achieved for fresh, competitively priced material sourced from private collections. Over half of sold lots soared above their high estimates, indicating that Bonhams is best positioned to secure the best price for your Modern British & Irish Art.

The variety on offer within this genre continues to delight buyers, proven by exceptional results for post-war masters such as Auerbach, Scully, Hockney and Freud whilst the early-mid century examples by Spencer, Lavery, Burra and Moore also exceeded expectation. We were proud to break our own world auction record twice over in the same sale for a pencil drawing by L.S. Lowry. Agecroft Regatta sold for £211,250, pipping The Organ Grinder (£151,250) to the title. The sculpture and Irish content were similarly contended for by the packed saleroom and busy telephones.

The cover lot Garden Path, Cookham Rise by Sir Stanley Spencer fetched an impressive £769,250 while the much admired Oil-bound Puffin by Lucian Freud commanded £385,250 on the day, with both returning to private collections.

We are delighted to now invite consignments for the forthcoming auction on 20 November 2013.

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