Scottish colourist Peploe’s painting could fetch £ 500,000 at auction

A collection of important paintings by famous Scottish colourist Samuel John Peploe is due to go under the hammer as part of the culmination of a year of celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Edinburgh-based fine arts auctioneers have seen their global audiences grow dramatically with their live online auctions, generating record sales in a range of specialist fields from the Renaissance to British periods modern.

The special focus on the work of the SJ Peploe auction on Thursday 9 December includes an exclusive exhibition – Peploe at 150 – in the Lyon & Turnbull’s Glasgow gallery featuring five paintings from the auction and four on loan from private collections as well as a talk by Senior Specialist Alice Strang about Peploe and her fellow Scottish colourists.

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The five paintings offered for auction next week trace the painter’s artistic and stylistic progress during the most active years of his illustrious career, from making his name in Edinburgh at the turn of the 20th century to its rise to international stature. In the 1920’s.

One of the highlights of the works on offer is Peploe’s Roses and Fruit, estimated between £ 300,000 and £ 500,000.

Lyon & Turnbull auction is expected to generate great interest

Painted in 1921 at the height of his artistic powers, the still life was part of the collection of the Glasgow shipowner, Major Ion R, Harrison, one of Peploe’s most important patrons.

Harrison purchased the painting directly from Peploe’s solo exhibition at The Society of Fine Arts gallery of Scottish art dealer Alexander Reid in Glasgow in 1924. It was one of the earliest paintings by a Scottish colourist acquired by the famous collector, who will become one of the main patrons of the group.

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The auction, which has two parts to be held in the afternoon and evening, also features works by prominent Scottish artists, past and present, and includes several paintings by Peploe’s fellow Scottish colorists, FCB Cadell, GL Hunter and JD Fergusson.

Fergusson and Peploe, who met in Edinburgh in the early 1900s, lived and worked together in France on several occasions before the outbreak of World War I. They were at the heart of the bohemian Parisian art scene between 1910 and 1912, mingling with Picasso and other key cultural figures of the time.

Fergusson’s artwork for auction includes Study No.6, one of a series of extraordinary images of women he created in Paris between 1910 and 1913. This remarkable oil painting is esteemed between £ 80,000 and £ 120,000.

The work will go under a hammer on Thursday

The work will go under a hammer on Thursday

A notable work for sale is one of Cadell’s famous paintings of the Isle of Iona in the Inner Hebrides. The view over the bay to St Columba, Iona is estimated between £ 80,000 and £ 120,000.

The sale also includes five works by renowned Anglo-Scottish artist Joan Eardley, whose centenary is being celebrated this year. The group includes one painting, Canal Bank, believed to be the first that Eardley sold.

Documented evidence on the back of the painting includes a letter from its first biographer, William Buchanan, written in 1964 (a year after Eardley’s death), indicating that the work was one of two purchased for cash in 1948 by a Glasgow art dealer directly from the artist at the Glasgow School of Art.

Works including those of Joan Eardley will be auctioned

Works including those of Joan Eardley will be auctioned

Other important works of art on offer include a selection of beautiful still lifes by Anne Redpath, Dean of Scottish Post-War Painting, directed by Still Life on a Patterned Nappe and Still Life – Tulips and Lilies.

Nick Curnow, Head of Fine Art of Lyon & Turnbull said: “Roses and Fruit is a superlative painting by Peploe, a work that reveals a triumphant conclusion to his years of experience in Edinburgh and Paris. An exceptional painting to lead an exceptional selection of his work.

“Our biennial sale of Scottish paintings and sculptures is always an occasion to look forward to. This season we are delighted to offer such a wide array of Scottish art, spanning over three centuries, and are especially excited about celebrating the work of SJ Peploe.

“2021 continues to be an exciting year for Lyon & Turnbull with lively auctions from home and abroad. We once again anticipate a large international audience to close out a remarkable year.”

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