NEW YORK – On Tuesday, September 6, starting at 9 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a 113-lot sale of Fine Art and Prints from the United Kingdom. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The first highlight is an undated monochromatic mixed media portrait of singer Bob Marley by British artist Paul Karslake (1958-2020). He built his reputation through painting portraits of high-profile sitters such as Princess Grace of Monaco, Michael Caine, the Rolling Stones and Johnny Depp (admittedly, it must have helped to have a connection in the form of his sister, Jo Wood, now an ex-wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood). In 1990, Karslake was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. The Marley portrait measures 79 by 98cm (31 by 381/2in) and carries an estimate of $14,000-$17,000.
Another strong entry is a 19th-century oil-on-panel titled Bonnie Prince Charlie Crossing To Skye, painted by Clarkson Frederick Stanfield (1793-1867). It depicts Prince Charles Edward Stuart seeking refuge in the hinterlands after being soundly defeated, and having his hopes of reclaiming the British throne dashed, at the Battle of Culloden in Scotland in April 1746.
The rowboat in the foreground shows a female-appearing figure at one end; this could be Flora MacDonald, the young Scottish woman who helped the prince escape, or it could be the vanquished royal himself, who was traveling in disguise as an Irish maidservant under the name Betty Burke. Regardless, Stanfield’s focus is more firmly on the Scottish landscape than the people who are crossing it. He was a founding member of the Society of British Artists and gained full membership in the Royal Academy in 1835. This history-themed painting of his is estimated at $8,000-$10,000.
The final highlight is Taking a Fence, a sporting scene by John Alfred Wheeler (1821-1903). Several hunting scenes appear in the September 6 sale lineup, and this is easily one of the best. Wheeler made his name on images such as this, as well as portraits of dogs and elite racehorses. His military career with the 2nd Queens Corps had him working with horses regularly, providing observational experience that he would rely on after being forced to retire from the corps for health reasons. Interestingly, Wheeler would go on to found a dynasty of sorts; two of his sons and two of his grandsons also became artists. The well-observed, animated work has an estimate of $5,000-$6,000.
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