Posted Date: 11 January 2015

The New Year at McTear’s is ready to kick off with some very exciting pictures up for auction.

The Scottish Pictures Auction on January 15th has some excellent pieces by turn of the century artists. Glasgow based artist James Whitelaw Hamilton’s ‘Eyemouth’ (lot 1458) depicts a quaint Scottish coast. Associated with the Glasgow Boys, Hamilton is well known for this painterly quality, and has become increasingly collectable. Scottish scenes, such as this, fare particularly well at auction, often out-performing Hamilton’s pictures of England. This quality of the painting, and the subject matter, make this an essential work by Hamilton, and is sure to attract interest at the auction.

Another delightful coastal scene is John Maclauchlan Milne‘s ‘Sannox Bay, Arran’ (lot 1457). Often exhibited with the Scottish Colourists, Milne’s style is very much associated with their post-impressionistic work, and ‘Sannox Bay, Arran’ is no exception. This bay is a particularly popular subject matter, as the artist lived there for the latter part of his life, and exemplifies the influence that Scottish Colourists had on the artist.

Easily one of the most recognisable of the Scottish Colourists, John Duncan Fergusson’s ‘La Femme au Chapeau Noir’ (lot 1461) depicts a mysterious Parisian flamed hair beauty, a painting certain to be the highlight of any collection. There is currently heightened interest in the artist as Fergusson recently received an outstanding auction price of £638,500 (including premium) at Christie’s on November 19th for one of his defining portraits. ‘La Femme au Chapeau Noir’ dates from just six years earlier, and is a captivating portrait by a prominent Scottish Colourist; certainly one to watch. Another exemplary Scottish artist, Edward Atkinson Hornel makes yet another appearance with ‘A Butterfly at Brighouse Bay’ (lot 1415), a prevalent theme in the artist’s career; quite the circle of established Scottish artists at January’s auction!

Moving to the present, The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction is full of familiar faces, including works by Herbert Whone, Frank Colclough, Peter Howson and John Bellany. Certainly a good start to 2015 in Scottish art and contemporary art at McTear’s!


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