Affordable art: Five works offered or sold for under £1000 including impressionistic views of London and Paris

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.

Ernest Jules Renoux painting

‘Les Pont des Arts’ by Ernest Jules Renoux – estimated at £300-500 at Roseberys.

1. Shimmering Paris

This shimmering view of Paris by Ernest Jules Renoux (1863-1932) is one of three works by the artist at Roseberys’ sale of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art on July 15.

Renoux, who was born in Romeny-sur-Marne, studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and later developed a strongly impressionist style as demonstrated in this 13.75in x 10.25in (35 x 26cm) signed oil on board.

The scene depicted is the Les Pont des Arts, the bridge over the River Seine linking the Institut de France and the Palais du Louvre and the estimate is £300-500.

View the catalogue entry for this painting by Ernest Jules Renoux on


2. London landmarks

Michael Quirke view of London

A view of London by Michael Quirke – estimated at £300-400 at Gardiner Houlgate.

The artist Michael Quirke (b.1946) is represented by three works at Gardiner Houlgate’s auction on July 16, all of them views of London’s landmarks – the favoured topic of the Wapping-based painter.

Among them is this 2ft 2in x 2ft 6in (65 x 76cm) oil on canvas which depicts the Thames at Westminster with the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

Quirke studied at St Martin's School of Art as well as Chelsea and Goldsmith's College and the well-known artists Frank Auerbech and Leon Kossoff are credited with being strong influences on his work.

This example is signed with artist's initials and estimated at £300-400.

View the catalogue entry for this painting by Michael Quirke on


3. Salvador Dali print

Salvador Dali lithograph

‘Butterfly and The Bullfighter’, a Salvador Dali lithograph – £200 at Kings Russell.

Bullfighting and butterflies were two recurring themes in the surreal output of Salvador Dali (1904-1989). This 1970s lithograph Butterfly and The Bullfighter combined these two favoured motifs.

Signed in pencil, the 2ft 4in x 20in (70 x 51cm) print came from a limited edition of 250. It sold for a mid-estimate £200 Kings Russell on June 2.


4. East Anglian landscape

Daniel Sherrin landscape

‘February Fill Dyke’ by Daniel Sherrin – £380 at Adam Partridge.

The artist Daniel Sherrin (1868-1940) was primarily a painter of landscapes and maritime scenes, focusing mainly on scenes in Norfolk and Suffolk. The son of the artist John Sherrin, his works were often highly detailed and a number were used for book illustrations and engravings.

This oil on canvas February Fill Dyke dated from 1940 and appeared at Adam Partridge on May 26 estimated at £200-300. The subject is a wet landscape shown after the February snow has melted. 

It sold for £380.


5. Portrait sketch

Drawing of Gilbert Stuart Newton by Sir Edwin Landseer

Drawing of Gilbert Stuart Newton by Sir Edwin Landseer – £700 at Lyon & Turnbull.

Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) is best known for his animal paintings with his best known work being the seminal The Monarch of the Glen which now hangs in the Scottish National Gallery.

But this small ink on paper portrait depicting fellow artist Gilbert Stuart Newton drew interest at Lyon & Turnbull on May 28 against a £300-500 estimate. It had provenance to Roy Davids, the former head of Sotheby's book department who left the auction house in 1994 to become a dealer.

It sold for £700.

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