Pick of the week

Country Life Every Week - - Art Market -

As a slight change, this week’s pick is an oil paint­ing and a re­turn to the Maas­tricht Fair, to March 19. Mar­tyn Gre­gory of Bury Street, St James’s is show­ing an 1856 mas­ter­work by John Lin­nell, the fa­ther-in-law of Sa­muel Palmer. Mr Gre­gory is of­fer­ing the 37¼in by 52in Har­vest Sun­set on be­half of the owner to whom he sold it 27 years ago. When it ap­peared at auc­tion in 1868, The Times called it ‘a mag­nif­i­cent chef d’oeu­vre of the great artist, the gem of the col­lec­tion’. Then, it made 1,050 guineas; now, the price is £350,000, which I sus­pect may be rather less.

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