21st Aug, 2022 12:00

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

  Lot 81


oil on canvas, signed and dated 1977, titled verso
image size 46cm x 62cm, overall size 61cm x 76cm
Provenance: Private Edinburgh collection.
Note: The Tower of Lethendy is a Scottish Baronial-style house in Perthshire which has been the subject of media interest in 2022. It was widely reported in the Scottish press that the current owner is a Russian Oligarch albeit one who was among the first to openly and strongly condemn the war in Ukraine. The property boasts a heated swimming pool, two tennis courts and an 18 hole golf course. The press and media also reported that The Tower of Lethendy was acquired by the current owner in 2016.
Note 2: Julian Barrow was a painter, adept at catching the spirit of a place, who travelled widely. He was born in Longtown, Cumberland, and studied at RWA and Signorina Simi’s Academy in Florence, Italy. He was a full member of Chelsea Arts Club, living nearby, and from 1988 for 23 years was President of Chelsea Art Society. Group shows included RA Summer Exhibition, 1961–99; Paris Salon, 1965; and NEAC, 2002. He had solo exhibitions at Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox 1972–74–77; Morton Morris & Co, 1982–85; Leger Gallery, 1989–92–95; and Fine Art Society 1999–05, plus many others in America and the Middle East. For decades he lived, with his wife Serena, in a magnificent studio on Tite Street in Chelsea (London) in the building formerly occupied at various times by Sargent, Whistler, Glyn Philpot and Augustus John. Julian Barrow was described by James Lees-Milne as “a country house painter par excellence” and his commissions for interiors and exteriors of country estates took him all over England, Scotland, Ireland, and America. He also painted many of the private clubs in London and New York. John Julius Norwich, in his introduction to the catalogue of a one-man show at the Fine Art Society in London in 2005, notes that Barrow’s pictures “radiate a love of life, a joy in light and shade and colour, a grateful appreciation of all the blessedness that lies around us if we can only make the effort to see it. They warm us; they cheer us; they convince us that whatever terrible things happen in the world, there is a beauty there a-plenty for the asking – and for the taking.” Barrow was commissioned to paint "Her Majesty the Queen Addressing Both Houses of Parliament on the Occasion of Her Golden Jubilee in Westminster Hall" (2002) having previously been commissioned to paint "HM The Queen in Westminster Hall Receiving the Jubilee Address on the 25th Anniversary of Her Accession to The Throne" (1977). Both held in the UK Parliament Art Collection. Julian Barrow's paintings are held in large numbers of prestigious private, corporate and public collections in the UK, US, Middle East, India and the Far East.


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Estimated at £350 - £550

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