The Leonard Manasseh Collection of Modern British Paintings

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(Photograph by James Hunkin, in the collection of the R.A.) 

Bellmans are to sell one hundred lots of Modern British paintings from the collection of the late Leonard Manasseh O.B.E., R.A., as part of their Winchester Saleroom’s Interiors Auction on 27th & 28th June.

Manasseh was one of Britain’s leading architects of the 20th Century, having risen to prominence at The Festival of Britain in 1951, where he won the competition for a design of a luxury restaurant. His career and reputation were to grow significantly over the coming years, with perhaps his most notable works coming in 1958-60 with his design of Rutherford School, Paddington, and then in 1964 with The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, both designed with his business partner Ian Baker. As Timothy Brittain-Catlin writes in Manasseh’s obituary for The Guardian in 2017, “The most remarkable of these [projects] was the development of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, where, with Chesterton and Baker ….. he created for Lord Montagu of Beaulieu a grand formal layout of parkland and buildings, linked by monorail. The scheme was on a scale that would have been the envy of many an 18th-century landowner.”

Manasseh would go on to become president of the Architect’s Association in 1964-65, elected a Royal Academician in 1979, appointed an O.B.E. in 1982 and was president of The Royal West of England Academy from 1989-1995.

He was also an accomplished artist, with various of his own works being exhibited at Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, and a fervent patron of the arts, as can be seen by the wonderful collection of paintings Bellmans are delighted to offer for sale.

Julian Dineen of Bellmans says “We are thrilled to be offering this fantastic collection of Modern British paintings for sale on behalf of the Manasseh family. Leonard Manasseh had a keen eye and there are some lovely works on show from the likes of Dame Elisabeth Frink, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, John Nash, Bernard Dunstan and others”.

Interiors Auction: 27th & 28th June from 10am.

On View:

Friday 22nd June 9am – 4pm

Saturday 23rd June 9am – 1pm

Monday 25th June 9am – 7pm

Tuesday 26th June 9am – 4pm

Bellmans Auctioneers & Valuers

The Red House, Hyde Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7DX

01962 861789


Images of two paintings from collection:

Lot 800: Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993), Warrior Head, 1967, watercolour and pencil, £4,000-6,000

Lot 820: John Northcote Nash (British, 1893-1977), The Quarry, c.1928, watercolour and pencil, £700-1,000