A painting by one of Bath’s best-known artists that captures the city’s skyline at the dawn of the millennium is to be auctioned locally next month.
The 6ft x 2.5ft painting is being sold by Bath resident Julia Marshman, who commissioned the work from artist Peter Brown – known as Pete the Street – in 2000 to celebrate the arrival of the 21st century.
It will be auctioned at Gardiner Houlgate’s antiques and art auction on Thursday 26th September in Corsham.
Jamie South, director and auctioneer from Gardiner Houlgate, said: “This is an ambitious and beautifully realised piece by Pete Brown, capturing Bath at the very end of the 20th century.
“We’ve sold 8–10 pieces of Pete’s before, which have all gone down well with buyers.
“As he’s Bath’s best-known resident artist and increasingly widely collected in the South West, we’re expecting a lot of interest.
“Since Pete painted this in 2000, he’s grown in stature in the art world, which means his contemporary works fetch as much as £30,000–£50,000.
“This is an early painting, very much in his trademark French impressionist and post-impressionist style, so we’d expect to see it go for in the region of £8,000–£12,000.
“That’s a great price for a Pete the Street original.
“Interestingly, you can see that Bath’s cityscape has changed quite dramatically since 2000 with the redevelopment of the shopping precinct in Southgate and relocation of the bus station.”
After the painting was completed, a limited edition of 2,000 prints were also sold off.
Peter Brown is regarded as Bath’s foremost living artist and is represented by the famous Messums Gallery in London.
The auction will take place at Gardiner Houlgate, 9 Leafield Way, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9SW on Thursday 26th September from 11am.
Peter Brown’s Bath cityscape will be available for public viewing over Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th September from 9am–5.30pm and on the day of the sale.
For more information contact Jamie South on 01225 812912 or by email at [email protected].