This oil on canvas, estimated at £600-800, shows a view of the Tiber River in Rome from the Castel Sant’Angelo. Indistinctly dated, it is the work of Laurence Irving (1897-1988). Irving was an artist illustrator and Hollywood set designer. He joined the RNAS in the First World War and was recalled to the RAF in the Second World War to serve in the Intelligence Department. He was also married to Rosalind Woolner, the grand-daughter of the Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner.
Taking place July 12, it comprises around 560 lots. Most are pictures but there are some sculptures on offer as well.
The most fascinating aspect of this picture is its artist. It shows an unknown woman in mid-19th century fashion, her hair tied in a bun with ringlets and a black dress with a lace-trimmed collar. An inscription to the back reads: Painted by Edmund Edgar, Sydney, NSW, February 1837. Edgar was a portrait miniature painter who was born in England, but was sent to Sydney, NSW, Australia in 1926 when he was convicted of robbery. It has an estimate of £1000-1500. Like many portrait miniatures of this age, it is painted on ivory, but is offered with an ivory certificate.