Christmas card scenes – five winter landscapes offered at auctions ahead of the festive period

Fancy something seasonal to enjoy… How about a painting that would be fitting for the front of a Christmas card?

Pamela Derry landscape

A winter landscape by Pamela Derry – estimated at £50-100 at Mitchells.

Here are five examples of scenic winter landscapes on offer at auctions on


1. Still and snowy

A still but scenic snowy landscape by Pamela Derry (1932-2002), pictured above, is among the lots offered by Mitchells on December 9-11.

The artist, who was born in Welwyn Garden City, specialised in views of the English countryside and also published a group of greetings cards herself in later life.

The small oil on board measures 8.25 x 13in (21 x 33cm) and is estimated at £50-100.

View the catalogue entry for this Pamela Derry winter landscape on


2. Winter cottage scene

Harden Sidney Melville landscape

‘Horses with a log cart and cottage in winter landscape’ by Harden Sidney Melville – estimated at £200-300 at Mitchells.

This painting of horses, log carts and a warm cottage in a winter landscape is by Harden Sidney Melville (1824-1894).

The artist was born in London, the son of printmaker, draughtsman and watercolourist Henry Melville (1826-41). He became an established painter, exhibiting at in the Royal Academy’s summer show between 1837-41 before then heading to Australia in order to conduct a hydrographic survey of the north-east coast. He went on to produce a significant body of topographical works in the country.

The painting offered at Mitchells on December 9-11 is likely an earlier work depicting a classic English rustic scene. The 15.75in x 2ft 1in (40 x 63cm) signed oil on canvas is estimated at £200-300.

View the catalogue entry for this Harden Sidney Melville winter landscape on


3. Bracing the outdoors

George Augustus Williams landscape

‘Wild fowler with dogs in winter landscape’ by George Augustus Williams – estimated at £350-450 at Keys.

George Augustus Williams (1814-1901) came from a family of well-established artists and specialised in landscapes. His prolific output included views of the Thames Valley, Kent and Wales.

He had a flair for winter scenes and moonlit landscapes which appear fairly regularly at auctions today.

An example is on offer at Keys on December 8-9 where a view of a wild fowler with dogs in a winter landscape is estimated at £350-450. The oil on canvas measures 15 x 21in (38 x 53cm) and carries the artist’s monogram.

View the catalogue entry for this George Augustus Williams winter landscape on


4. Dutch landscape

Johannes Mauritz Jansen landscape

A winter scene by Johannes Mauritz Jansen – estimated at £500-700 at Chiswick Auctions.

The long tradition of winter landscape painting in the Netherlands, where artists have been producing scenes of frozen lakes, skaters and snow-covered trees for centuries, means that such works are often favoured on Christmas cards.

A trademark example of a classic 19th century Dutch winter landscape is on offer at Chiswick Auctions on December 4.

The 13.5 x 17.5in (34.5 x 44.5cm) signed oil on canvas is by Johannes Mauritz Jansen (1811-57) and shows a cottage with figures going about their business.

It is estimated at £500-700.

View the catalogue entry for this Johannes Mauritz Jansen winter landscape on


5. A winter walk

Gareth Thomas winter landscape

‘Winter Snow Scene’ by Gareth Thomas – estimated at £150-250 at Rogers Jones

For something a bit more modern, this picture from 1986 by Gareth Thomas (1955-2019) is among the lots on offer at Rogers Jones on December 5.

The signed oil on paper measures 6.5 x 9.5in (16.5 x 24cm) and is titled ‘Winter Snow Scene’ (inscribed on the back).

Depicting a snowy landscape with a figure walking, it is a vintage moody scene by the Gower-based artist whose favoured subjects were views of Wales and Provence in France.

With provenance to the Albany Gallery, this picture is estimated at £150-250.

View the catalogue entry for this Gareth Thomas winter landscape on


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