1. Nash floodgates
This 1939 oil Floodgates by John Nash (1893-1977) was included in his first museum show, a touring event which started in Preston in 1940 and ended in Liverpool in 1943.
This picture, 2ft x 2ft 6in (61 x 76cm), is now included in Browse & Darby’s44th Annual Exhibition – British & French Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture, which opens on December 10.
Prices range from £1500-350,000.
2. Milne’s resurgence
Cornwall dealership Belgrave St Ives recently moved from a gallery in the bustling seaside town for which it is named to more peaceful premises in nearby Towednack, where it continues to welcome clients by appointment.
Its stock often features local artists, such as John Milne (1931-78), who created this 1978 bronze, Resurgence. Measuring 19in (48cm) high, it is number 2 of an edition of 9 and is offered for £5500.
Milne moved to St Ives in 1951 where he was first pupil then assistant to Barbara Hepworth. Though he continued to be based in Cornwall, he travelled widely particularly to parts of Greece, the Middle East and north Africa.
3. Possess a demon
Eileen Agar (1899-1991) was a painter and photographer and one of the few women to exhibit at the famous London International Surrealist Exhibition of 1936 – though she rejected the label of ‘Surrealist’ throughout her career.
Somerset dealer Freya Mitton offers this oil and paper collage with pencil on canvas that Agar produced in 1978. Titled Demon of Destruction, the piece measures 2ft 6in x 20in (76 x 51cm) and is available for £12,500.
4. Sutherland in the quarry
Graham Sutherland (1903-80) produced this drawing in pencil, ink and chalk as a study for a finished work that The War Artists Advisory Committee presented to the Sheffield City Museum in 1947.
The artist completed the study, Limestone Quarry, Drilling Rocks, in 1943 at the ICI quarry near Buxton in Derbyshire. Measuring 10½ x 10in (27 x 26cm), the study is squared for transfer for the full-scale work. It is offered by Christopher Kingzett Fine Art for £20,000 + ARR.
5. Monumental work by Hitchens
This month Bond Street dealer Richard Green stages an exhibition to correspond with his digital offering on Frieze’s Viewing Room. The show features two Modern British greats: LS Lowry (1887-1976) and Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979).
While the Lowry highlights include his familiar matchstick people, Hitchens’ works are more abstracted. The 1973 oil on canvas above, Monument in a Forest, 18½in x 4ft 9in (47cm x 1.43m), is based on a sculpture Hitchens acquired from Roger Stone in 1973 and placed in the woodland of his West Sussex home. The painting is available for £220,000.
Green also offers works by Ben Nicholson, William Scott, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
6. Unique Caro
Willoughby Gerrish, formerly of Bowman Sculpture, recently set up his own self-titled business, which specialises in Impressionist to Post-War art. He made his first official appearance at Masterpiece Online over the summer and has now launched the inaugural exhibition, Modern British Sculpture, at his space in Jermyn Street, St James’s.
Prices range from £3000-250,000 for works by artists such as Robert Adams, Michael Ayrton and Jacob Epstein.
Among the highlights is this 21in (53.5cm) Stainless Piece by Anthony Caro (1924-2013). Made c.1974-75, the stainless-steel sculpture is a one-off and was previously acquired from the artist by Jenny and Clement Greenberg.
Plans for the business include a sculpture park opening in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, in May, with an exhibition on Michael Lyons.
7. Whiting portrays Eva
A 1913 portrait titled Eva by Frederic Whiting (1874-1962) is offered in Sarah Colegrave Fine Art’s online exhibition British Portraits.
Born in Hampstead, London, Whiting worked for a short time in the City before studying art at the Royal Academy and in Paris. An illustrator who travelled to China to record the events of the Boxer uprising of 1900-01 for The Graphic, he also worked as an equestrian artist and portrait painter.
Painted c.1914, this 2ft x 20in (61 x 51cm) oil has the same sitter as an oil by Whiting that was illustrated in The Studio magazine in 1914. It is offered for £8000.
8. Leaving the factory
British painter, printmaker and film director Anthony Gross (1905-84) studied at the Slade but spent much of his time in France starting in the mid- 1920s.
In the 1930s he exhibited at various Parisian galleries, becoming a member of La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine. Around the same time, in 1931, he produced this etching Sortie d’usine no.4.
This first state print, 12½ x 9in (32 x 24cm), is from an edition of 40 and is offered by Modern British art dealer Gwen Hughes Fine Art for £1850.