Bonhams : Newly Discovered Colourist Masterpiece at Scottish Art Sale
Newly Discovered Colourist Masterpiece at Scottish Art Sale

A newly discovered painting by the Scottish colourist painter Samuel Peploe (1871-1937) is among the leading works in Bonhams Scottish Art Sale in Edinburgh on Wednesday 16 October. Royan Harbour is estimated at £70,000-100,000.

The painting was first owned by Mme Marie Marguerite Soulie, who was married to the English novelist and playwright Arnold Bennett from 1917-1921. Its whereabouts have been unknown to scholars until now.

Bonhams Head of Scottish Art in Edinburgh, Chris Brickley said: "The paintings Peploe produced in the French coastal resort of Royan in 1910 comprised his most original work to date. Absorbing the work of Les Fauves at first hand in Paris, and inspired by his dialogue with JD Fergusson, this newly discovered work showcases the hallmarks of the series – pure colour, spontaneous handling and the visual tension between form and space."

The sale also features a major portrait by Peploe's fellow Colourist, Francis Cadell (1883-1937) – Miss Don Wauchope in the George Street Studio, estimated at £200,000-300,000. The sitter was a friend of the artist and appears in many of Cadell's most celebrated works. According to Chris Brickley, "Intimate in atmosphere and fluid of technique, the Wauchope pictures such as Miss Don Wauchope in the George Street Studio transcend the norms of conventional portrait-painting and become abstract studies of the elegant high society world of early 20th century Edinburgh in which both artist and model mixed."
Other works in the sale include:

Private Dancer by Jack Vettriano (born 1951). Estimate: £55,000-75,000.

Mull from Iona by Francis Cadell RSA RSW (British, 1883-1937). Estimate: £25,000-35.000.

• A selection of works by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) including Black, White and Yellow. Estimate: £25,000-35,000.

Sannox Bay, Isle of Arran by John Maclauchlan Milne RSA (British, 1886-1957). Estimate: £20,000-30,000.

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