Stunning painting up for auction
A former managing director of Stirling-based United Auctions has donated a special painting to an auction in support of Scotland’s rural charity RSABI.
The auction of the original oil painting will be held during Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers’ Annual Sale of 1212 Blackface shearlings, aged rams and ram lambs on Saturday, October 20.
UA is hosting the charity auction at Dalmally Auction Mart and the artwork, ‘Market Day at Dalmally,’ has been donated by Dunblane man Alan Watson, former UA managing director, who was presented with the painting on his retirement from the company in 1999 by colleagues and staff.
The painting is by the late John Prentice, a retired Perthshire businessman who painted for his own pleasure. He was known to the farming community for his portrait of veteran Stirlingshire farmer Jim McEwan, and a Blackface tup, which went on special display at the Highland Show in 1998.
Alan, who joined the company aged 21, was based at Kildean Market where he sold fat and store sheep and later covered the west of Scotland and the islands, selling at markets in Tarbert, Strachur, Fort William and Lochgilphead.
He said: “The painting has been much admired by everyone who has seen it in my home for almost 20 years, so much so that 10 signed prints were issued. This is my small way of repaying a debt to the farming community for the living I had from them. My family fully support what I’m doing.”
David Leggat, Trustee of RSABI and former UA executive chairman, said: “RSABI is delighted that Alan has donated this wonderful painting.
“It is typically generous of him to give such a treasured item to raise money that will allow RSABI to assist people who have depended on the land.”
Mr Watson will attend the charity auction at Dalmally Mart with his son. The painting will go under the hammer of auctioneer Raymond Kennedy at 9.50am on Saturday October 20.