William Hutchinson Queen painting to lead Scottish sale



2016-02-10 16:08:39

A portrait of the Queen by Scottish artist Sir William Oliphant Hutchinson is valued at £30,000-50,000 ($43,382-72,303).

It will provide one of the highlights of Bonhams’ Scottish sale in Edinburgh on April 12-13.

The painting was hung at the Bramshill House Police Training College in Hampshire, until its sale last year.

Hutchinson (1889-1970) was one of the most sought after high-society portraitists of his generation and painted several portraits of the queen during the 1950s.

He was knighted in 1953.

Chris Brickley, Bonhams’ Head of Scottish Art, said: “Sir William was a pillar of the Scottish art establishment – Director of the Glasgow School of Art from 1933 to 1943 and the President of the Royal Scottish Academy during most of the 1950s – but he also was a very fine artist.

“His works rarely appear at auction and I expect his portrait of the Queen to attract considerable interest.”

He painted several other portraits of the Queen, including one of her in full thistle robes that is housed in the Merchant’s Hall of the Company of the Merchants of the City of Edinburgh.

The sale will also feature Samuel Peploe’s Cassis (Rooftops), which is valued at £80,000-120,000 ($120,000-170,000).

Peploe was an important Scottish post-impressionist painter, whose work is in high demand on the market.

The present lot was executed in 1913 and was painted during a trip to the commune of Cassis in France. 

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