Children Playing by the Shore, a charming work by the British artist Dorothea Sharp, is to be offered at Bonhams 19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art sale in London on Wednesday 1 March. It is estimated at £60,000-80,000.
The subject is characteristic of the artist, whose best known work captures the joy of childhood days by the seaside. Like many of her paintings, Children Playing by the Shore bears no date, but it is likely that Sharp painted it in one of her two favourite costal locations: St Ives where she stayed twice a year from 1924 onwards with her life-long companion, fellow artist Marcella Smith, or, more probably, Bosham near Chichester.
Dorothea Sharp died in 1955. Although her paintings had sold steadily during her lifetime, it was not until the 1980s that they began to command high prices at auction. She is now recognised as an important figure in the British Impressionist Art movement and represented in many public and private collections.
Bonhams Director of 19th Century Art, Charles O'Brien commented, "The demand for Dorothea Sharp's work at auction attests to her increasing popularity among collectors. Children Playing by the Shore is an archetypal Sharp painting, showing, to great effect, both her mastery of light and her ability to capture the carefree days of childhood."
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