This week a new auction record was set for FCB Cadell the Scottish Colourist at Sotheby’s in Bond Street, with works from the Harrison Collection selling for a total of £4.5 million.
His painting Reflection from 1915 sold for £874,000 which was almost double the estimated price. The previous record for one of Cadell’s works was £685,000 when the painting was sold in 2013.
There were other Cadell paintings sold which all above estimated prices, and also works by Samuel John Peploe with Trees, Antibes and Michaelmas Daisies and Oranges selling for £586,000 and £490,000 respectively.
‘Scottish Colourists’ was coined in 1948 for the group of four artists – Cadell, Peploe, Hunter and Fergusson – who were arguably the most avant-garde British artists of their day, the spark of their artistic inspiration found in Paris at the turn of the 20thcentury.
The Harrison Collection was assembled in the 1920s and 1930s by Major Ion Harrison, an important patron and close friend of the artists. Passed down through the family, the works had remained together until recently at Croft House, Major Harrison’s home where he openly welcomed the Colourists.
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