Strong prices were achieved at Bonhams annual auction of East Anglian Art in London this week. The East Anglian Picture section of the Modern British and Irish Art sale on the 19th November achieved £309,312.
The top lot was Boats on the hard, Pin-Mill by Edward Seago, one of East Anglia's finest artists, which near doubled its high estimate as it sold for £32,500. The oil on canvas painting was given as a wedding present by Seago to the seller.
Edward Seago (1910–1974) painted in both oils and watercolours. The son of a coal merchant, Seago was a self-taught artist (although he received advice from Sir Alfred Munnings and Bertram Priestman) and enjoyed a wide range of admirers including the British Royal family. At fourteen, he won an award from the Royal Drawing Society.
Other highlights in the sale were works by Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959), Off into the fields, a fine watercolour of horses which achieved £21,250 and River scene at dusk which realised the same figure. Both paintings doubled their pre-sale estimates.
Other top lots included Cattle resting, a striking canvas of a well known subject matter by Sir John Alfred Arnesby Brown (1866-1955), which sold for £11,250. The Nottingham-born pair, Arnesby Brown and Campbell Mellon both settled in the East Anglia region after becoming inspired by the landscape. Both artists featured frequently in the auction.
Snow on the beach, an enchanting oil painting by Mary Potter (1900-1981) depicting the coast at Aldeburgh during winter, sold for £11,250.
Michael Steel, Regional Director at Bonhams commented, "Previewing the pictures at a local level and then selling in London allows us to reach out to a wider more interested audience. The area has a distinctive history in terms of artistic talent and it is pleasing to see this reflected in a number of strong prices we achieved at the sale".
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