John Hitchens landscape is among five paintings sold or offered for under £2500

Works from a modern landscape of the West Sussex countryside to a ‘big money’ piece of contemporary art feature in our latest pick of affordable art on offer or sold recently on this website.

‘Land Shades’ by John Hitchens

‘Land Shades’ by John Hitchens – estimated at £1000-1500 at Michael J Bowman.

1. Shaded Landscape

John Hitchens (b.1940) is a landscape painter whose main area of focus is the countryside of West Sussex, although he also paints views of other regions including North Wales and North West Scotland.

The son of the famous abstract artist Ivon Hitchens, John has exhibited widely and with his work he aims to portray the intricate patterns and textures of the UK landscape.

An example of his painting (pictured above) will be offered at Michael J Bowman on September 26. Land Shades is a 20in x 3ft 6in (51cm x 1.02m) oil on canvas signed and dated 1970. It is inscribed with the artist’s name and address on the back and is estimated at £1000-1500.

View the catalogue entry for this John Hitchens landscape on


2. Big Money Contemporary Art

‘Big Money’ by Graham McKean

‘Big Money’ by Graham McKean – estimated at £1800-2500 at McTear’s.

Some people think the contemporary art market is all about money. Certainly in the case of this lot, which is offered McTear’s auction of Scottish Contemporary art in Glasgow on September 27, it difficult to argue otherwise.

The 19.75 x 15.75in (50 x 40cm) signed oil on canvas is titled Big Money. The artist is Graham McKean (b.1962) who was born in Ayrshire and whose was described in the Scotsman “as a cross between the painters John Byrne and Stanley Spencer, with an interesting ‘bite’”.

According to the artist’s website, an alternative title for this work was Eye candy for bankers.

The estimate at McTear's is £1800-2500.

View the catalogue entry for this Graham McKean painting on


3. Spanish-Themed Scene

‘Moonlight, San Roque’ by Albert Moulton Foweraker

‘Moonlight, San Roque’ by Albert Moulton Foweraker – £1350 John Nicholson’s.

Four typical Spanish-themed watercolours by Albert Moulton Foweraker (1873-1942), the academic-turned-artist famed for his intense blue toned landscapes, were offered at a recent auction.

All sold above hopes at John Nicholson’s Fine Paintings sale on August 21 in Surrey, including this 10 x 14in (25 x 35cm) watercolour titled Moonlight, San Roque.

It sold for £1350


4. Bird Watercolour

watercolour bird study

A watercolour bird study by Sydenham Teast Edwards – £260 at David Duggleby.

Sydenham Teast Edwards (1768-1819) was a prolific natural history illustrator – he produced over 1700 watercolours for the Botanical Magazine alone – and inspired the decoration of ceramics by a number of major potters of the time including Spode.

This 9½ x 7½in (24 x 19cm) watercolour bird study was offered with an estimate of £70-100 at David Duggleby’s Affordable Art auction in Scarborough on August 22.

It sold for £260


5. Pioneering Artist’s Daughter

Louisa Canziani painting of a young girl

A painting of a young girl, thought to be the artist’s daughter, by Louisa Canziani – £1900 at Burstow & Hewett

Pioneering female artist Louisa Canziani (1845-1909) became the first woman to win a gold medal at the Royal Academy in London. She had previously won a place at the Royal Academy Schools at 16 by submitting drawings signed ‘L. Starr’ to disguise her gender. 

This well-preserved 4ft x 2ft 5in (1.21m x 73cm) oil on canvas of a young girl, thought to be the artist’s daughter, by a pine tree was offered at Burstow & Hewett of Battle on August 19 with an estimate of £800-1000.

It sold for £1900.

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