Christopher Wood's Fishing Village, Cornwall to sell at Christie's

Christopher Wood's Fishing Village, Cornwall is set to headline a sale of British and Irish art at Christie's London on March 19.

Wood produced the painting in St Ives in 1926. It carries an estimate of £70,000-100,000 ($106,610-152,300).

Christopher Wood Newlyn
Christopher Wood was a key member of the Newlyn group

Wood was an important figure in the Cornwall-based Newlyn group. The style he developed while living there was markedly in contrast to his previous work - which had tended towards the avant-garde.

He wrote in a letter to his mother in 1926: "I know that my stay in St. Ives has been a great profit to me as I have at least learnt how to finish my work, which is the most… difficult part.

"I feel I have thought a lot and assimilated much and that now really I feel that I am an artist and couldn't ever have done anything else in my life, which is a great comfort to me."

Sadly, he became addicted to opium, which brought on intense paranoia, and threw himself under a train in 1930.

Garden, a work by Keith Vaughan, is another highlight. It's valued at £25,000-35,000 ($38,075-53,305).

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