Western Morning News (Saturday)

Capturing scenes of bygone times in Devon


CHILCOTTS first auction of 2022 will include lots of local flavour with the sale of five watercolou­rs showing scenes from Honiton and the surroundin­g area. The paintings are the work of local artist Alfred Leyman, who was well known in his time as the Art Master at Allhallows School. He painted many scenes of the town, the villages and rural views.

Born in Exeter in 1856, Leyman moved to Honiton in 1888, teaching at the school from 1893 until his death in 1933.

His preferred medium was always watercolou­r, which he used to great effect painting many scenes of the area still recognisab­le today through landmarks.

The watercolou­rs have been with an old Devon family for many years. They have been well cared for; the colours remain fresh and the detail clear. The vendor and his late wife originally purchased them when out on trips, visiting antique shops and galleries in the Westcountr­y.

The paintings have estimates of between £200 and £400. The auction takes place from 10am today at the Dolphin Salerooms in Honiton High Street. For more informatio­n visit chilcottsa­uctioneers.co.uk.

 ?? ?? > Exeter Road Honiton, St Margaret’s Chapel on the right
> Exeter Road Honiton, St Margaret’s Chapel on the right

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