One of the more interesting pieces in this month’s Paintings, Drawings and Prints Auction is a small etching by Bertram Buchanan (British/Indian fl. 1900-1920).
A relatively unknown artist, Buchanan’s auction footprint is sparse, but was known to his contemporaries as the ‘Farmer Etcher’ due to focus on rural subjects. Much of his output has a very atmospheric nature, and Buchanan captures the elemental nature of Chanctonbury Ring in this romantic little etching. Lot 426 carries an estimate of £40-60.
Another interesting piece in this month’s auction is a work by Scottish contemporary artist Mairi Aitken. Former President of the historic Glasgow Society of Women Artists and a regular contributor to the Paisley Art Institute exhibitions, Aitken is an active member in the Scottish contemporary art scene, working in a very painterly fashion. The contrasting blue tones of the hills against the sunny fields give Grazing, Lochgoilhead a fresh and lively feeling. Lot 451 carries an auction estimate of £50-80.
We are no stranger to the etchings of William Strang (1859-1921) and this month we have another example of his contribution to Scottish printmaking. Dated 1913, A French Convent was executed the same year as Strang’s Spanish Etchings series which featured in last month’s auction, likely on the very same trip. Strang’s quick skill with the burin gives this piece a sketch-like quality, and the graphic nature of the piece is emphasised in the building’s contrasting tones. Lot 471 carries an auction estimate of £100-150.
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