A late work by Edward Bawden (1903-89) will feature in a sale of Modern British and 20th century art at Essex saleroom Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on February 26.
Bawden’s work in his later years became increasingly autobiographical and his home became the main subject for his paintings.
The signed 18½in x 2ft 1in (47 x 64cm) pencil and watercolour depicts a vase of chrysanthemum and the artist’s black cat, Emma Nelson (who was named by Bawden’s granddaughter). It was exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1989 and was with the Fine Art Society a year later in London.
An archive of Second World War aviation memorabilia – including this photograph above signed by the crew of the famous American bomber Memphis Belle – will go under the hammer at Mullock’s on February 23 in Ludlow, Shropshire.
The collection was started by the vendor in 1963 and contains signed correspondence, photographs and prints. Included among approximately 90 signatures are the names of Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, RAF flying ace Captain Sir Douglas Bader and fighter pilot Captain Frank R Carey. Estimate £6000-8000.
Two previously unpublished studies by John Constable (1776-1837), believed to have been bought in 1951 for £3, will go under the hammer at Chiswick Auctions’ British & European Fine Art in west London on March 6.
The small compositional drawings were found in a dusty cardboard box and belong to Tam Fry, the son of the late playwright Christopher Fry.
A woodland glade, pictured here, has been identified as possibly a preparatory study for Jaques and the Wounded Stag, c.1832-5. This 47 x 77mm pen and brown ink on wove writing paper carries an estimate of £5000-8000. The other study, 64 x 83mm, also of a woodland glade, has an identical guide.