Unsigned painting of Leeds landmark set to go under hammer

A painting depicting the construction of the Queens Hotel in Leeds by an unknown artist is set to go under the hammer.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 4:45 am
The unsigned paining of the construction of the Queens Hotel.
The unsigned paining of the construction of the Queens Hotel.

Despite being unsigned, the painting is expected to make as much as a £1,000 when the gavel falls in the summer art auction at the David Duggleby saleroom in Scarborough later this week.

Auctioneer David Duggleby said: “It might sound a lot for an anonymous 20th century picture but it is not only a really good painting by an artist of some quality but it’s also an

interesting historical document, recording the early stages of the construction of this iconic city building.”

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He added: “The Queens was built in the 1930s when the London, Midland and Scottish Railway decided to demolish the old Victorian hotel that stood on the site and replace it with a grand new art deco building. It was officially opened on November 12, 1937, by the Princess Royal and Lord Harewood.”

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The auction on Friday, June 18, will also feature a spectacular collection of Yorkshire pictures going under the hammer including forty pictures by members of the Staithes Group, the artist

colony that grew up around the fishing village in the late Victorian period, and also a number of paintings by George and Richard Weatherill, the brilliant 19th century Whitby marine artists.

The most important of the Weatherill paintings is Richard's ‘Whitby Harbour with Sailing Boats and Steam Ship at Low Tide’, an almost identical view to that depicted in another of his

paintings that sold for £9,600 last year. This slightly smaller painting is expected to go for £6,000 to £8,000.

Meanwhile his ‘Whitby Harbour and Abbey by Moonlight’ has a pre-sale estimate of £2,000 to £3,000 as does one of his father George’s paintings of fishing boats and

sailing vessels off Whitby.

The auction catalogue is available at www.davidduggleby.com. Viewing is taking place throughout next week at the Vine Street Saleroom in Scarborough. The auction will

be online via DD Live and thesaleroom.com - and people are now also able to attend the auction in person.

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