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Lot 41

Harold Hope Read, British 1881-1959 - A lady, wearing a long dress and feathers in her hair,...

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Lot 41

Harold Hope Read, 
British 1881-1959 - 
A lady, wearing a long dress and feathers in her hair,...

Price Realised: £130

Estimate: £100 - £150

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 41


Harold Hope Read, 
British 1881-1959 - 

A lady, wearing a long dress and feathers in her hair, admired by onlookers; 

black, red and blue chalk on paper, 34.1 x 37.3 cm (ARR) 

Studio of the artist;
private collection, purchased from the above;  
private collection, UK 

Hope Read became close to artists such as William Orpen (1878-1931) and William Rothenstein (1872-1945) when living and working in Brighton, where he had moved in 1910. It was his exposure to the lifestyles of Orpen and Rothenstein, alongside his wealthy patron Charles Lambert Rutherston (1866-1927), which have been credited with inspiring his series of works entitled 'The High Life'. These works, which depict lavishly-dressed figures in fanciful, theatrical settings, often exhibit a humorous, lightly mocking tendency, as in the present work, which depicts two older men who lean in, somewhat lecherously, towards an elegantly-dressed young lady with feathers in her hair. 

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over €1,000 as follows:
0 to €50,000 - 4%, €50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

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Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain whether an export licence is required before bidding. Export licences are issued by Arts Council England and application forms can be obtained from its Export Licensing Unit. Details can be found on the ACE website www.artscouncil.org.uk or by phoning ACE on 020 7973 5188. The need for import licences varies from country to country and you should acquaint yourself with all relevant local requirements and provisions before bidding. The refusal of any such licences shall not permit the cancelling of any sale nor allow any delay in making full payment for the lot.

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