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Lot 2031 of Gorringe’s sale appeared to be an interesting oil by Senior in the latter category. Entered unframed and in untouched condition from a local private vendor, this signed and dated 1904 canvas, measuring 20in by 2ft (51 x 61cm), was an atmospheric scene of sun filtering through trees across a village square, seemingly inspired by one of the artist’s many trips to the Continent.

The numerous paintings Senior made of Runswick Bay have an obvious appeal for Yorkshire-based buyers, particularly when they are sold at Bonhams Leeds, but this particular work had a more cosmopolitan appeal that triggered competition from five telephone bidders up to a triple-estimate £13,500, one of the highest prices achieved for the artist in recent years.

Also ranking as a sleeper at this Sussex sale was an ‘overpainted print” of St Mark’s Square, Venice After Francesco Zanin (19th century).
Bearing a signature, this 17in by 2ft 1in (43 x 53cm) was estimated at just £200-250, but keen competition on the day pushed the bidding up to £7200, prompting the auctioneers to comment “obviously it wasn’t overpainted”. However, as similar-sized autograph works by Zanin tend to make that sort of money at auction, they were probably equally justified in adding “no one got it that cheaply”.