The metalpoint on white prepared ruled paper was completed c.1962-65 and was included in Florian Härb’s show Sketches, Scribbles, Self-portraits and other Surprises featuring around 100 of Sergeant’s works.
Other sales included a study of Elizabeth II for a portrait from the 1980s which sold to a UK buyer and a picture called The Draughtsman Hand. Works came to the gallery from the artist’s estate and were priced from £400-4000.
The winter edition of LAW, which ran from November 29-December 7, included 32 participating galleries and auction houses.
Other sales included Girga on the Nile by Edward Lear (1812-88) which showed the city on the west bank of the Nile, seen from the water. Done in pen and brown ink on laid paper, it is signed and dated 1857 to the lower right. Lear visited the place on his second trip to Egypt in the winter of 1853-54, though this drawing is believed to have been completed in London as a gift for a friend.
It was offered for £2400 by Guy Peppiatt Fine Art at the exhibition 100 Paintings and Watercolours, held jointly with Stephen Ongpin Fine Art.
Elsewhere, Raccanello Leprince, which offered a collection of ‘chiaroscuro iridescente’, the Art Nouveau pottery of Cantagalli, reported selling a piece to a leading UK museum.
The Weiss Gallery, specialising in Tudor and Stuart painting and northern European Old Masters reported three paintings sold to private European buyers: two Jacobean portraits of children and a rare early 17thcentury Friesland School portrait of a young boy hold a kolf club and ball.
Forge & Lynch’s exhibition of a private collection of African and Oceanic art, which included objects such as a Sazande fibre shield, was particularly successful, coinciding with the Royal Academy’s Oceania exhibition. More than half the show had sold by midweek.
Other leading sales included a Florentine Renaissance textile, 1470s, which was offered as part of Sam Fogg’s Seven Objects Seven Days exhibition. Charles Beddington sold several items, including one to an important US institution and a capriccio by Venetian artist Francesco Guardi (1712-93).