Bonhams' Travel & Exploration sale on February 26 includes a collection of watercolour and pencil sketches by the celebrated explorer of the Canadian Arctic, naturalist and artist Admiral Sir George Back (1796-1878). They come for sale by descent from the artist’s family.

This 8 x 5in (21 x 13cm) watercolour of an Inuit titled Esquimaux Man is signed lower right Capt Back and dated lower left July 9th 1826. It was later used for an engraving in John Franklin's Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea (London, 1828).

Estimate £6000-8000. or see this item on

The Northern Art & 20th Century Art & Design Sale at Peter Wilson in Nantwich on February 20 includes this interior scene, signed and dated ’46, by Freida Lock (1902-62).

Born in Cheadle Hume, Lock’s studies at Reading University were cut short in 1921 when the family moved to Stellenbosch, South Africa, to establish a fruit farm.

Lock later returned to England to attend the Heatherley School of Art where she met fellow South African artists Terence McCaw and Gregoire Boonzaier, with whom she would co-found The New Group in 1938.

Estimate £5000-7000. or see this item on