A picture paints a thousand words

The Paintings, Drawings & Prints auction

Sunday Wednesday 31 January 

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The Paintings, Drawings & Prints auction is our exciting new pictures auction that aims to cater for everyone’s taste. With nearly 200 lots encompassing art from the eighteenth century up to present day, there really is something for everyone. Specialist Jenny MacLeod talks us through the first Paintings, Drawings & Prints auction of the year.


Tell us about your our favourite lots

One of my favourite lots is a charming watercolour by Scottish artist, James Cassie (1819 – 1875).  Known for his broad coastal scenes and seascapes, Gathering the Kelp (lot 101) is a bit unusual in style for the artist, but the detail and use of colour gives it an almost twinkling quality.  Brought to us by a private collector, this stunning piece is offered at an attractive estimate of £150 – 250.



Another highlight is Thomas Barker of Bath’s The Shepherd (lot 158).  His influence by the likes of Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) is projected in his choice of subject matter – the peasants in a dramatic and moody landscape has been used as a comment on peasant life and the rural economy.  An impressive floral still life by Cecil Kennedy (lot 174) will also go under the hammer.  The detail and movement in the composition exemplifies the artist’s vast botanical knowledge and echoes the Dutch flower painting of the 17th and 18th centuries. Lots 158 and 174 are being offered at £800 – 1200 and £3000 – 5000 respectively.


Can I view the auction in person?
All live auctions at McTear's have scheduled viewing days, usually with a minimum of two days prior to each specialist auction. Viewing details are avaiable in the online catalogue.

How do I request a condition report and how long will it take to send to me?
For a number of our specialist sales, condition reports are provided on our website. Additional information can also be requested by clicking the 'report request' button in each lot description.

How do I pay for an item I’ve bought?
You will receive an invoice, sent by email, immediately following the completion of the auction. You can then pay by secure online payment, by bank transfer, or in person using a credit or debit card.

If I buy an item and want to pick up in person when are you open?
We are open for collection Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, and Saturday 9.30am - 12 noon.

What delivery options are there?
Whilst we don’t offer an in-house service for collection and shipping, we do recommend a number of trusted local service providers. Shipping information >>

When should I expect the lot I’m interested in to come up?
The sale starts at 3pm, and we typically get through 100 lots an hour. If you are bidding live online, you can set an alarm to alert you when the live bidding begins for a lot you’re interested in. You can set an alarm for any lot from within the bidding screen once the auction begins.

What if I can’t make it to the live auction?
You can easily place a maximum bid in advance of the auction via the online catalogue on this website. You can also bid live online in realtime >> read more >>

New to auctions? 
Why not use our easy step by step guide to buying and selling at McTear’s here.


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We are currently accepting entries for the next Paintings, Drawings & Prints auction to be held Wednesday 14 March.  We close these auctions to entries on Wednesday 28 February. 


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