19th century copy of a Botticelli


Selling on behalf of an elderly relative, this is from a collection acquired many years ago and stored in a barn. On board, the paint might be oil, or might in my opinion be of a different type (the original was in tempera). This is a late 19th century copy of Botticelli’s “The return of Judith to Bethulia”. Botticelli became well known in Britain only in the 1800s, and a few British artists were inspired to emulate his work, this is one of those rare examples. See the original painting here.

St Ives impressionist


A beautiful little oil on board of a tiny lane. I have identified the village as St Ives Cornwall and the lane as Capel Court which was however referred to by the locals as Pudding Bag Lane or Pudden Bag Lane, a local linguistic equivalent of the french “cul-de-sac”. This lane was adjacent to the Sloop Inn. Oil on board. The painting is pleasantly small. Set in a new mount. Unframed. Dimensions of actual painting 144 x 194 mm. Overall dimensions of mount 210 x 297 mm. Painted in an impressionist style with lovely impasto brushwork. A woman and a child are depicted at the top end of the lane. Washed clothes are strung on a line above them. Estimated date: circa 1915-1920. Unsigned. There are considerable compositional similarities between the work offered here and a painting “A Street in St. Ives” in a book by George F. Nicholls published 1915. However the painting offered here is in my opinion in a different and more pleasing style and may well be by a different artist. See ebay listing.

Nautical 2: coal hulk


Watercolour. 168 x 118. Artist and date: unknown. A coal hulk, with derricks for loading and unloading. This painting has been offered to a museum and is therefore reserved pending their reply. If you wish to be informed, should it become available for sale, please leave a message. I believe I have identified the location, and the ship. A rare original painting of a wooden-hulled coal hulk, formerly a three-decker first-rate Royal Navy ship of circa 1820.