Sale Preview - Bills top lots - Every picture tells a story......

With just one day to go before our next sale on the 20th and 21st if May, we ask our Picture specialist, Bill Lacey to walk us through the pictures on offer and highlight three of his favourite works. 


This month the picture department has 93 lots with estimates ranging from £50 through to £1000. The sale includes prints, etchings, watercolours and oils in a wide range of styles including traditional period examples through to more contemporary works. There really is something for everyone, but whats caught Bills eye?


UNDER £100


Lot 618 - EUGENIO PEREGO (1845-1923) - The Chambermaid, watercolour, signed, framed, 35cm x 24cm - Est - £100 to £200


Bill says - I love this watercolour. Painted by the Italian artist Eugenio Perego it depicts a chambermaid going about her daily chores lighting a candle that she has taken from the mantle piece. It is not a grand subject, it is almost a snap shot, a moment in time. We see a very modest interior but beautifully observed. The folds in the maid’s dress and her pose are utterly convincing. My only reservation about the painting is that the colours are a little muted suggesting that it has faded otherwise I would have given it a much higher estimate


UNDER £500


Lot 631 - HAROLD SUTTON PALMER, RI, RBA (1854-1935) - A young girl sitting on a stile, watercolour, signed, framed, 26cm x 21cm, frame size: 46cm x 39cm - Est £300 to £500


Bill says - What an absolutely charming watercolour this is! Harry Sutton Palmer trained at the Royal College of Art and went on to exhibit at the Royal Academy and The Fine Art Society. He specialised in landscape watercolours and sought out his subjects in rural Surry, Berkshire and Devon as well as occasional trips to the Lake District.

I think this composition works particularly well – the girl resting on the stile is framed by the over hanging branches. The eye is drawn to the figure and in turn to the sunlit meadow beyond. Sutton Palmer has caught the light beautifully – an idyllic view of a summer day in the English countryside


UNDER £1000


Lot 650 - CLARKSON STANFIELD, RA (1793-1867) - An estuary scene with tender loaded with booty from a captured Dutch ship, oil on panel, signed and dated 1831 on bouy, framed, 45cm x 63cm, frame size: 65cm x 85cm - Est - £800 to £1200


Bill says - This busy marine scene has attracted a lot of pre-sale interest. We see a Dutch warship in the distance, her flag is shown upside down indicating that she has been captured. Several smaller boats are hastily removing valuables, no doubt aware of the looming rain clouds and rising sea. Stanfield worked as a stage scenery painter for many years. His compositions invariably have a highly dramatic quality to them.


To see the whole selection of lots on offer head over to our website where all the lots are shown with full descriptions and illustrations. If there's anything that catches your eye you can contact us via for more information.

The sale will be live on Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st of May with the picture lots being offered on Thursday.  You can bid live via or or leave a commission bid with his via telephone on 01384 444140

If you need any advice regards online bidding or the sale in general please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Posted on 19 May 2020 in: Auction life

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