Two artists – A world apart
By William Gregory MRICS Golding Young and Mawer.
The Lincoln October Fine Art auction brings together two artists, each with a changing landscape, which could not be further apart.
The works of Peter Brannan (1926-1994) continue to attract collectors both for their Lincolnshire themes and artistic flair. Promotion has also been helped by the recent publication from Malcolm Moyes, Eyeless in Cleethorpes: The Life and Art of Peter Brannan RBA.
Amongst four works by the artist to be offered at the October auction is an oil titled A Coastal Scene – Cleethorpes, signed and dated 1975. It details a typical day out at the seaside in the mid 1970s – all buckets and spades with the adults wrapped up well.
The background of the picture follows the Cleethorpes coast up to Grimsby with the Dock Towers in the distance. Tankers can been seen entering the Humber Estuary.
Peter Brannan was a past president of the Lincolnshire Artists’ Society and exhibited for over 50 years at the Society’s exhibitions, as well as at the Royal Academy. Brannan also held many one man exhibitions at the Trafford Gallery, London and with JD Wheeldon and Sons, Lincoln.
William Charles Piguenit (1836-1914) was an Australian landscape painter, born in Hobart Town following his father receiving 14 years’ transportation in 1830.
From the early 1870s Piguenit pursued a career as a painter, travelling to detail the Australian mountain ranges and bush.
In 1887, he gained greater recognition when the Australian Government purchased six of his works, which are currently exhibited at the Tasmanian Art Gallery.
In the late 1890s Piguenit toured Europe exhibiting at art galleries in London and Paris.
The picture on offer at Lincoln is an oil on canvas, signed and dated 1895, with a written title on the reverse, A Summer Morning Swan River (Perth) Western Australia.
The landscape study details the horizon with sailing boats on the water, working horse and cart, and a lone figure in the foreground.
The historic nostalgia of the picture is best seen against a modern view detailing The Swan Brewery, skyscrapers and motorway bridge.
The full catalogue and auction details can be found at www.GoldingYoung.com.