Five artists with animal magic

By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.
At the recent Lincoln Fine Art auction five artists’ works all found buyers with the help of their animal magic.

The first two lots to be offered were by British artist Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin. Born in Slough in 1870, Aldin studied in London and was well known for his animal studies and hunting related pictures.

The two pictures sold at auction had the appealing titles A Good Roll and Scraps; both had excellent provenance having been purchased at a Christie’s sale in 1991. Each sold for £500 in the Lincoln auction.

A collection of five watercolours by the Norfolk artist John Cyril Harrison (1898-1985) sold for a total of £14,000. Pre-sale interest had been high for the well-known wildlife artist and the night of the auction saw keen competition from both telephone and online bidders.

Illustrated here is a study of a Golden Eagle in flight, which sold for £3,600.

Another famous artist’s work offered was that of Walter Hunt (1861-1941). Brother of Edgar, both are very well known for their paintings of animals and farmyard scenes. This example titled A Family of Donkeys sold for £1,750.

A study of a cheetah and cub by Ralph Thompson (1913-2009), a British wildlife artist and book illustrator, doubled the pre-sale estimate selling for £340.

Finally, an oil on canvas study of two whippets by the previously unknown artist J Heibol disputes the statement “that art is all about the artist” as the whippets ran home winners with a final bid of £440.

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