Henry Arthur Elkins painting to make $50,000?

A Western scene by Henry Arthur Elkins, valued at $30,000-50,000, will lead the sale of the estate of the late John B McDonald, a well-known New Jersey politician, at Sterling Associates on October 23.

Elkins (1847-1884) was one of the first artists to cross the Rocky Mountains following the cessation of hostilities after the American civil war. He is best known for his paintings of the monumental landscapes of California and Colorado.

Henry Elkins Sterling Associates
Elkins was born in Vermont but travelled to California

A George Inness (1825-1894) painting will be another notable lot. Widely regarded as one of the fathers of American landscape painting, Inness was one of the originators of tonalism - a style that infused paintings with a haze of colour.

His work also shows influence by the Hudson River School, the American answer to the Romantic movement in Europe.

Conway Valley, a painting from 1875, sold for $602,500 at Christie's New York in 2011.

A Vittorio Matteo Corcos (1859-1933) portrait of Anna Maria Borghese, daughter of an Italian noble, could make $20,000-30,000 at the sale.

Corcos was a renowned portrait artist, commissioned by wealthy clients across Europe - including German emperor Wilhelm II in the early 1900s.

The same painting achieved $42,000 against an estimate of $15,000-25,000 at Sterling Associates in 2012 - an increase of 68%.

A Rudolph Fedorovich Frentz (1831-1918) painting titled the Wolf Hunt will be another highlight of the sale with a valuation of $15,000-25,000.

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