The Great Colourists

24 November 2016

The Great Colourists of Scotland

Roseberys London, Fine Art Auctioneers based in South London have been specialising in modern paintings for the last thirty years. The Fine Art Sale taking place over the 6 & 7 of December includes a private collection of Scottish works from the collection of Miss Lucy Ewing.


Highlighting the collection; Cadell and Peploe – At the forefront of the Scottish Colourist movement and celebrated for their use of colour and depictions of Scottish life and scenes, Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell and Samuel John Peploe are the stand out artists in this very special collection of works being presented at Roseberys London this December.

The Scottish Colourists were a group of 4 painters whose post-impressionist work, though not universally recognized initially, came to have a formative influence on contemporary Scottish art and culture. They combined their training in France and the work of French Impressionists and Fauvists, such as MonetMatisse and Cézanne, with the painting traditions of Scotland.


Below are highlights from the Ewing Collection:


Lot 546

Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell RSA RSW, Scottish 1883-1937– The Old Ferry Inn, Rosneath, Argyll, watercolour over pencil, signed in 547pencil, 15.2x23cm

Provenance: with Ewan Mundy Fine Art Ltd, Glasgow, according to the label attached to the reverse of the frame

Estimate £2000 – £3000







Lot 547

Samuel John Peploe RSA, Scottish 1871-1935- “Woman in a Headscarf”; conte, signed with initials, 17x17cm


Provenance: with The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, according to the label attached to the reverse of the frame


Exhibited: London, Gallery 27, “The Scottish Colourists”, 5-17 June 2000

Estimate £4000 – £6000


Lot 540

Sir William Russell Flint RA RSW PRWS, Scottish 1880-1969- Beach Scene; watercolour, signed, 24.3×33.5cm, (may be subject to Droit de Suite)


Provenance: with Doig, Wilson & Wheatley according to the label attached to the reverse of the frame

Estimate £2000 – £3000


549Lot 549

Barbara Davis Rae CBE RSW RSA RA, Scottish b.1943- “Sunflowers – St Beauzile”; mixed media on paper, signed and inscribed, 11.5x17cm, (may be subject to Droit de Suite)


Provenance: with The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, according to the label attached to the reverse of the frame

Estimate £1000 – £1500




Lot 550

David McLeod Martin RSW RGI SSA, Scottish b.1922- “Still Life With Roses”; oil on board, signed, 27x26cm, (may be subject to Droit de Suite)

£600 – £800


554Lot 554

Archie Forrest, Scottish b.1950- “Melange de Fruit”, 2001; oil on canvas, signed, 20.5×25.5cm, (may be subject to Droit de Suite)

Provenance: with Portland Gallery, London, according to the label attached to the reverse of the frame

Estimate £1000 – £1500








The full illustrated catalogue for the Fine Art auction is available to view online


Notes to editor:

Lots 529-559 are the property of Miss Lucy Ewing.

Lucy Ewing was born in Edinburgh in 1923, her father Lieutenant Colonel Turner Ewing was the son of Dr Laidlaw Ewing JP, LLD a very successful Pharmacist, Chairman of The Pharmaceutical Society and Senior Partner of Duncan & Flockhart a prominent retailer and manufacture of Chloroform and other Anaesthetics. Her grandfather was also an eminent Member of the Edinburgh Merchants Company.


Lucy worked as a Private Secretary in London all her working life apart from a brief interlude when she moved back to Haddington in East Lothian but returned back to Kensington as she found the church bells near her house became too dominant, and preferred the sounds of London!


She inherited a fine collection of art from her parents and has always been an enthusiastic supporter of contemporary Scottish paintings attending gallery openings in London and adding significantly to her collection.


She always had a good eye for up and coming artists and her collection includes notable contemporary artists who are very collectable like Barbara Rae Ethel Walker and George Devlin whose work attracts high standing in London today.





For further information please contact Charlotte Meddings  +44 (0) 20 8761 2522


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