Paintings Focus – Nevinson

20 June 2017

Fine Art Auction – Wednesday 28 June 9am

Roseberys London presents an outstanding collection of paintings in their forthcoming June Fine Art sale, most notably the work ‘Four Seasons, Winter’ by Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson ARA, an untitled Indian ink work by American artist Hans Hofman and two single owner collections.








A selection of highlighted lots include:

1244 – Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson ARA, British 1889-1946- “The Four Seasons; Winter”, c.1919; oil on canvas, 60.8×50.8cm

Provenance is with Piccadilly Gallery, London; Lord Hindlip; Christie’s, London, 17 November 1978, lot 47. It was exhibited in London, Maclean Gallery, “C W R Nevinson, The Great War and after”, February-March 1980, no.8 Venice, Palazzo Grassi, “Futurismo/Futurismi”, May-October 1985, catalogue not traced.

Nevinson, a student of Slade school of Art is heralded as one of the most famous war artists of WWI, his experiences of serving in France gave him the vivid fuel for his work, whilst incorporating the aesthetics of Futurism.

After the war Nevinson spent time in The USA, where his work became increasingly realistic and while some felt lacked the power of his earlier works, is still cemented in art history as one of the most famous young artists of the time.

His turbulent ties with other artists and exaggerated claims of his war experiences made him enemies of both the USA and Britain, In 1920, the critic Charles Lewis Hind wrote of Nevinson that ‘It is something, at the age of thirty one, to be among the most discussed, most successful, most promising, most admired and most hated British artists.’

(LOT 1244)

Estimate £20000 – £30000 (+27.6% BP*)


Lots 1110 – 1114 are a single owner collection of works by British sculptor – Ralph Brown RA. 1928-2013

Included in the collection are five bronze sculptures.

Lot 1110- “Swimming”; bronze, on a bronze rod and stone base, from the edition of nine, 80cm high including base

Arts Council, Contemporary British Sculpture, open-air tour, April-October 1960, another cast was exhibited

Other casts from the edition are in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Tate, London.

(LOT 1110)

Estimate £2000 – £3000 (+27.6% BP*)


Lot 1114 Ralph Brown RA, British 1928-2013- “Wedding II”, 1970; bronze, 81cm high

It is understood this is a unique work. His most famous work sculptural work is ‘Meat Porters’ which was commissioned in 1959 by Harlow Art Trust.

Brown was a British Sculptor who rose in popularity in the 1950s. Known for his large scale bronze cast statues which depicted figurative, sensual explorations of the human body.

(LOT 1114)

Estimate £1500 – £2000 (+27.6% BP*)


1161 -1173 are from the private residence of a collector, The collection of thirteen works by British artist, Thomas Hosmer Shepherd cover various London locations. The first lot, of local interest depicts Crystal Palace and The Great Exhibition c. 1851 a further lot depicts the famous London attraction and Wellington’s former home, Apsley House.

Thomas Hosmer Shepherd came from a family of topographers and was famed for his architectural drawing with outstanding detail.

Lot 1161 Thomas Hosmer Shepherd, British 1793-1864- Crystal Palace, The Great Exhibition, Hyde Park, c. 1851; water colour in monochrome over traces of pencil, signed, 24x53cm, (unframed)

(LOT 1161)

Estimate £600 – £800 (+27.6% BP*)


Lot 1171 of Apsley House, No. One London; watercolour in monochrome over traces of pencil, signed, 19.6×26.7cm: together with one other watercolour in monochrome over traces of pencil by the same artist depicting a busy street in London, signed, 18.5×26.7cm, (2)

(LOT 1171)

Estimate £500 – £700 (+27.6% BP*)



Lot 1241- Hans Hofmann, American 1880-1966- Untitled; Indian ink, signed with monogram, inscribed and dated 3.41, 35.7×43.1cm


Hofmann, is considered one of the most important forefathers of postwar American art, guiding many artists through his teachings and playing a pivotal role in abstract expressionism.

His career evolved from modern art teacher to modern artist, his prolific output led him to develop a style of working that he called ‘Push and Pull’ which worked on the ideas of interdependent connection between colour, space and form.

His work is held in many public collections across the world including every major art institute in America.

(LOT 1241)

Estimate £6000 – £8000 (+27.6% BP*)



Prices include Buyers Premium of 23%.

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


Roseberys is a privately owned auction house operating at the heart of the fine art market for more than 25 years.

With offices in London’s Mayfair and Lambeth Roseberys offer a calendar of more than twelve specialist fine art, antiques and collectibles auctions each year.

Specialist sales include a wide range of Asian and Islamic Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design, Decorative Art, Fine Silver and Jewellery, Ceramics, Paintings, Prints, Photography, Antique Textiles, Vintage Fashion and Fine Wine and Whisky.

Roseberys team of world-renowned specialists also provide a wide range of art market services to professional clients, including valuations for insurance and probate.

Roseberys is a member of SOFAA – The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers.