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Nicholson’s Nek

Nicholson’s Nek

Following my earlier post about Ernest Griset (whose paintings for John Lubbock I described during my Pitt Rivers talk last week), here’s another of his works recently come to light. It’s in the new list of London art dealer Abbott & Holder.

It’s described there as “South Africa / Boer War. ‘The Battle of Nicholson’s Nek’, 30th October 1899. Watercolour and gouache. Signed and dated, 1899. 15.5×19.5 inches. £675.”

This looks like the one sold by Bonhams in January, with a second painting of the same battle, described as “The Ambuscade, Nicolson’s Neck”:

Ambuscade

They had been previously put up by Bonhams in October 2012, with an estimate of £800–1200 for the pair, but were bought in, so there appears to be a price ceiling to Griset’s work.

This watercolour in the Abbott & Holder list is rather lovely, by William Leitch:

leitch-89141

“LEITCH William Leighton V.P.R.I. (1804-1883) Northumberland: Norham Castle. Watercolour. Ex. Coll: Rowland Pierce (his stamp verso) 8×11 inches. £575.”

Interesting to compare with Turner’s earlier sketches and paintings there in the collection at Tate Britain, including this:

Castle on Hill. ?Norham null by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

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