Lot 2156 (The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction, 27th March 2016)

Sold for £8,000


 

* HERBERT WHONE (BRITISH 1925 - 2011), A GLASGOW WINTER oil on canvas, signed and dated '61 61cm x 108cm Framed Note: Note: In our opinion, one of the finest examples of the work of Herbert Whone to be offered at auction. Herbert Whone was born in Bingley, West Yorkshire, where his parents were both employed in the cloth mills. He was encouraged by his mother to ''improve'' himself culturally, and from an early age took photographs and practised the violin. After education at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the Royal Northern College of Music) and Manchester University, he secured positions in the Royal Opera House Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, before moving to Glasgow in 1955, where he took up the position of deputy leader of the Scottish National Orchestra. He was inspired by Glasgow's changing fortunes and painted a series of notable canvases featuring the beauty of a city in transition. His painting of trams and shipbuilding, to pick two of his fondest subjects, were presented with warmth and beauty, almost impressionistic in their depiction of glowing sunsets and use of rich colour. Herbert Whone (often incorrectly catalogued as Herbert Bannister Whone) continued to paint long after his departure from Glasgow in 1964 but it's the relatively small body of work produced in his nine years in the city that stand testament to his exceptional talent. Whone's Glasgow paintings, while highly collected and critically acclaimed, are still to attain the full recognition and commercial value they deserve and will surely eventually achieve. The two highest auction prices on record for his work have been achieved in the last eighteen months (both by McTear's) with lot 1705 18.01.2015 BACK COURT, ANDERSON (oil on canvas, signed and dated '64,126cm x 93cm) achieving £6500 (hammer). Glasgow Museums and The National Galleries of Scotland hold examples of his work.

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