Whisky Galore Author's art collection for sale



2015-06-26 11:43:52

Whisky Galore Author's art collection for sale

Artwork of Sir Compton Mackenzie, co founder of the Scottish National Party, is heading to auction.

Two magnificent pictures from the collection of celebrated author and co-founder of the SNP, Sir Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972) are heading for auction.

Mackenzie, writer of much-loved Ealing Comedy Whisky Galore, among other noted works, was a neighbour of celebrated Scottish artists Sir William McTaggart (1835-1910) and Anne Redpath (1895-1965), who both lived in Edinburgh's New Town.

After Rain, Drummond Place After Rain, Drummond Place

Sir William is represented in the upcoming sale by a fine oil painting entitled After Rain, Drummond Place, which is expected to fetch up to 10,000.

Redpath's gouache of Kyleakin, Skye is estimated at 5,000.

Both of these important works are being offered by a descendant of the Mackenzie family.

This remarkable sale will also feature work by a number of eminent artists including Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840), John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961) andGeorge Leslie Hunter (1877-1931).

Also included are works by Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935) and Sir Robin Philipson, 1916-1992, including a selection of striking portraits, vivid still life arrangements and an array of beautiful landscapes.

Chris Brickley, Head of Picture Department at Bonhams Edinburgh comments:

"The McTaggart is a strong, much-exhibited work, one of the best I have seen, and the lovely little Redpath appears to have been a seventy-fifth birthday gift from the painter.

"Mackenzie loved the islands of the West Coast, having a house on Barra, and Redpath clearly felt he would enjoy this picture."

The lots will be offered at Bonhams Fine Paintings Sale in Edinburgh on December 4 2009.


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