Affordable art: Five works offered or sold for under £1000 including a still life of orchids and an abstract landscape

Whether you are looking for something striking to hang on your wall or something more academic and collectable, there are plenty of great pictures being bought and sold at auctions on every week.

‘Orchids in a white vase’ by Anna Zinkeisen

‘Orchids in a white vase’ by Anna Zinkeisen – estimated at £600-800 at Bonhams.

1. Still life of orchids

Anna Katrina Zinkeisen (1901-1976) was an artist who, early in her career, also worked for Wedgwood as a ceramics designer.

Her most famous painting is a striking self-portrait from 1944 which is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Showing her as a self-confident working woman, it was probably painted in a disused operating theatre at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where she worked as a volunteer casualty nurse during the Second World War.

While she is more recognised as a portraitist, she also practised still life painting. An example of one of her flower pictures coming up at auction is this 2ft 1in x 2ft 6in (64 x 76cm) oil on canvas titled Orchids in a white vase.

With subtle tones and folding drapery to the background, it is signed and carries an estimate of £600-800 at Bonhams on August 11.

View the catalogue entry for this Anna Zinkeisen still life on


2. Abstract winter scene

Marie Walker Last abstract

‘Winter snow, Ilkley Moor’ by Marie Walker Last – estimated at £200-300 at Tennants.

Marie Walker Last (1917-2017) was a British artist who started painting abstract works relatively early and was part of the New Vision Centre Group, a collective of young avant-garde artists.

She was based in London in the late 1950s and early 1960s before returning to her native Yorkshire where she continued to work for many years.

Tennants are offering this late landscape titled Winter snow, Ilkley Moor at auction on July 29.

The 11 x 23in (28 x 58cm) oil on canvas from 2002 is signed and dated, and has provenance to the artist's estate. It is estimated at £200-300.

View the catalogue entry for this Marie Walker Last painting on


3. Figurative study

‘Girl in a Blue Dress’ by Ralph Brown

‘Girl in a Blue Dress’ by Ralph Brown – £600 at Bishop & Miller.

Ralph Brown (1928-2013) was an artist and sculptor who studied at the Leeds School of Art from 1948-51 and the Royal College of Art from 1952-56. His figurative sculptures in particular came to prominence in the late 1950s and 60s.

Offered at Bishop & Miller on June 12 was a later pencil and wash drawing from 1985 estimated at just £60-90. Girl in a Blue Dress was a signed work on paper with a label for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 1987 on the back. It sold at £600.


4. West Country landscapes

Frederick John Widgery landscape

‘The East Okement, Okehampton, Devon’, one of two gouaches by Frederick John Widgery that sold together for £350 at Bristol Auction Rooms.

Frederick John Widgery (1861-1942) was both a West Country artist and a civic figure. He travelled to Antwerp to study under Charles Verlat at the National Art School, returning to his native Exeter in 1890 before later becoming became mayor of the city in 1903.

Exeter and the surrounding countryside feature predominantly in his work and two gouaches on paper that were offered as a single lot at Bristol Auction Rooms on July 16 were fairly typical.

Arins Tor Dartmoor and The East Okement, Okehampton, Devon (shown above) both measured 15.75 x 19.25 (40 x 49cm) and were estimated at £80-120.

They sold for £350.


5. Watercolour of the Scottish borders

Tom Scott watercolour

A watercolour by Tom Scott – £1000 at Lyon & Turnbull.

Scottish artist Tom Scott (1859-1927) was a watercolour specialist whose main subject matter was the scenic landscape around Selkirk and the Scottish borders where he lived for his entire life.

He exhibited numerous pictures at the Royal Scottish Academy over the course of 50 years.

A decent example of his work was this 11 x 14in (28cm x 34cm) signed watercolour which depicted a ford near the village of Newcastleton. It carried an inscription and date: ‘To Mrs W.D.Connachie with kind regards 29th April 1914’.

Offered with a £800-1200 estimated at Lyon & Turnbull on July 15, it sold at £1000.

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