Stunning private collection of Scottish art comes home for sale at Bonhams

An important and comprehensive collection of Scottish Art amassed over 20 years by a private collector in Canada is to be sold in Edinburgh at Bonhams Scottish Sale on September 12. It is expected to fetch as much as £2 million.

All the major names in modern Scottish painting are represented in the collection which is over 40 pictures strong. The star lot is Cassis, the White Villa, by Francis Cadell which is estimated at £150,000- £200,000. Cadell and his fellow Colourists spent many years in France and provide the most direct link between British art and the revolutionary artistic developments on the Continent in the early 1900s. Other works with a French connection include, Bather Cap d'Antibes by J D Fergusson (est £100,000-150,000) and Samuel Peploe's Paris Plage (est £80,000-120,000) and Luxembourg Gardens (£70,000-100,000).

The collection reflects the full range and quality of modern Scottish art with fine examples by artists as significant as William McTaggart, George Henry, Arthur Melville, Samuel Peploe, Francis Cadell, Anne Redpath and Joan Eardley whose Glasgow Boy is an exceptional example of her work. The Glasgow School is represented by a particularly fine full-length portrait by Guthrie, in the Whistlerian style, and a sparkling view of a Spanish bullring by Melville which could fetch £80,000.

The collection will be previewed in New York, Paris and London before returning to Scotland to be sold..

Head of Scottish Pictures at Bonhams, Edinburgh, Chris Brickley comments:

"This is one of the most rounded collections I have seen in many years, rich in quality and put together with great love and attention. I'm sure our buyers will jump at the chance to view it when the pictures come home, and fully expect to convert some new enthusiasts to Scottish art along the way. Many of these works have a real universal appeal."


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