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Bellmans Auctioneers’ Winchester Saleroom will be selling the first part of a private collection of watercolours and engravings of Winchester and the local area, in their sale on Tuesday 8th November at The Red House in Hyde Street.
The collection includes works by George Frederick Prosser, Wilfrid Ball and Thomas Hunn amongst others, with estimates ranging from £100 to £3,500. Particular highlights include a view of the West Front of Winchester Cathedral by Prosser, which is estimated to realise £1,200-1,800, The Cathedral Close, Winchester, also by Prosser, carries a guide price of £2,500-3,500, and a view of Kingsgate Street by Wilfrid Ball is expected to achieve £550-750.
George Frederick Prosser was an English Victorian artist born in London in 1805. One of his first works to feature Hampshire was his Select Illustrations of Hampshire Comprising Picturesque Views of the Seats of the Nobility & Gentry published in 1833, and by the early 1850s he had moved permanently to live and work in Winchester as an artist. It was here he would eventually die in 1882 with his obituary featuring in the Hampshire Chronicle as follows: On Thursday after a short illness, at St John's, Winchester, G.F.E. Prosser, Artist, and many years an inhabitant of Winchester in his 78th year. Death of an old inhabitant - We regret to announce the death of Mr G.F.E. Prosser who was for many years a resident of this city, as an artist in watercolours he may be remembered by most of the old residents as having been of our first artists in sketching nature… The deceased artist was honoured by the support of royalty and the principal nobility, clergy, and gentry in these counties.
Bellmans November sale is available for viewing on Friday 4th November 9am - 4pm, Saturday 5th 9am – 1pm, and Monday 7th 9am – 4pm, with the sale beginning at 10am on Tuesday 8th. The entire sale, including this outstanding collection, will be fully illustrated online from Wednesday 2nd November at www.bellmans.co.uk. Online bidding is available via www.the-saleroom.com. For more information or to register your interest, please contact Bellmans Auctioneers directly on 01962 861789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.