James Hamilton Hay paintings lead fine art and antiques sale

Modern British artists have been doing well at auction of late, not just in the realm of abstract works, but with paintings too.

Frank Auerbach and Scottish Colourists such as Francis Cadell have been making their mark on the markets and a collection of Edward Bawden's works is greatly anticipated at Bonhams.

Now it is the turn of English artist James Hamilton Hay (1874-1916), four of whose paintings are to be included in Addisons of Barnard Castle's upcoming Fine Art and Antiques Catalogue Sale.

Prominent in the first part of the 20th century, Hay was one of a group of Liverpool artists who attempted to modernise local art under the influence of advanced French painters and their English followers. His work, which includes paintings and etchings, has been widely exhibited across the country.

End of Coniston Lake by James Hamilton Hay
The End of Coniston Lake by James Hamilton Hay

The largest painting at 37cm by 45cm carries a guide price of £1000-1500 and is a framed oil on panel entitled The End of Coniston Lake. It is signed and dated 1915 and also bears a Liverpool 1933 Fifty-Ninth Exhibition label verso and another old inscribed label.

Poole Harbour is a framed watercolour and is signed with initials and dated 1914. It is measures 26cm by 35cm, and is valued between £600-800.

The third painting, Steep, Hampshire is a framed watercolour and black chalk. It is signed and dated 1914, inscribed to old paper verso, measures 31cm by 24cm and has a guide price of £400-600.

Poole Harbour by James Hamilton Hay
Poole Harbour

The final piece is an etching of Maria Hay, which is signed, titled and dated 1916. It measures 27cm by 33cm, is unframed and has an estimated value of £100-150.

David Elstob, Auctioneer and Valuer at Addisons, is anticipating a great deal of interest in their sale. "We have been lucky enough to have had paintings and etchings by this artist before and his work has always proved very popular", he noted.

The works by James Hamilton Hay are just part of a large collection of fine art to be included in the forthcoming sale. There are also several paintings by Dorothy Margaret and Elizabeth Mary Alderson and Miles Birket Foster.

The Sale takes place on Saturday 18 September. Other entry-level contemporary art which is currently available may be found here.


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