With the summer holidays upon us and the prospect of the M5 becoming a county-wide queue of barely moving vehicles, the lure of the West Country will, once again, be obvious. Those not lucky enough to live in this part of the world often harbour memories of happy family breaks beside beaches along the coastline or nestled deep within the rolling countryside. Unsurprisingly, in view of both the climate and the light, the area has traditionally attracted artists, too. It is a fact acknowledged by Greenslade Taylor Hunt in its next antique sale, on Thursday, August 1st, which has a special section of art that is reflective of the region.

A tranquil oil on canvas by John Anthony Park (1880-1962) depicting moored fishing boats at even-tide – almost certainly at St. Ives where much of his painting took place ‘en plein-air’ – carries a pre-sale estimate of £600-£800. There are also atmospheric views of Dartmoor by Reginald Daniel Sherrin (1891-1971) and Douglas Houzen Pinder (1886-1949), and a bright and breezy watercolour of Land’s End by Frederick Parr (1887-1970).

Somerset features strongly, with a view of The Moat at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells by Adrian Daintrey (1902-1988) and other works by Barry Watkin, Peter Hesp and George Deakins.

Saleroom favourite Harry Frier (1849-1921) is also much in evidence. A panorama of Taunton from Cotlake Hill is expected to make £300-£350, while studies of the Cross Keys, Norton Fitzwarren (£200-£250), St. James’ Almshouses (£200-£250) and the Old Town Bridge (£150-£200) are among a further 10 included entries.

The sale is on view this Saturday, July 27th and, as always, a fully illustrated catalogue will be available on-line.

Further opportunities to view the sale take place on Tuesday, July 30, and Wednesday, July 31, between 9am-5pm at the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.
For more information please call the saleroom on 01823 332525.