WELL TRAV­ELLED

Lancashire Life - - ANTIQUES -

This wa­ter­colour of a wa­ter­fall brought an un­ex­pected wind­fall for the re­tired dealer from the Flyde area who con­signed what James War­ren, of Ley­land auc­tion­eers War­ren & Wig­nall de­scribed as ‘pot­boil­ers’. Buy­ers love early views of con­ti­nents just open­ing up to ex­plo­ration and the in­trepid artists who painted them en­joy a strong fol­low­ing, the fact that lit­tle is known about many of them mak­ing them all the more ro­man­tic. The un­likely named Washington F. Friend (1820-1886) is one of them. All we ap­pear to know is that he was Canadian and pro­lific, paint­ing views from as far apart at the Ni­a­gara Falls and the Isle of Wight. The Ley­land pic­ture, 25cm x 37cm, sold to a Glas­gow dealer for £640.

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