Berwick artist's work to be sold at Borders auction

A collection of 21 watercolours by renowned Berwick artist Frank Watson Wood are being auctioned later this month.

Monday, 14th November 2016, 2:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:49 pm
Empress of Australia, which shows 'The visit of Their Majesties, The King and Queen, to Canada and USA  Royal Squadron Leader Entering Quebec on 17th May 1939' by Frank Watson Wood

The collection, which includes many of his famous maritime and wartime naval scenes, is one of the largest ever presented at auction.

Part of the collection is Lot 77, ‘The Royal Squadron Passing Through The Home Fleet on 6th May 1939’ which is estimated to reach between £1,200 - £1,600, and Lot 78, ‘Empress of Australia’, which shows “The visit of Their Majesties, The King and Queen, to Canada and USA – Royal Squadron Leader Entering Quebec on 17th May 1939,” which is estimated at £900 - £1,200.

The Swan and Turner fine autumn sale of paintings takes place on Friday, November 25 at the Jedburgh auction rooms.

With a wonderful array of exquisite pieces on offer, the sale is already generating keen interest from art collectors.

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The highlight of the sale for many, is the original painting by noted Scottish artist, James Howe, ‘Old Hallow Fair on the Calton Hill’. This huge oil painting hung for many years in the John Swan & Sons Edinburgh boardroom and was unearthed in a storeroom at the Wooler livestock mart offices after it was acquired by H&H Group back in 2015. The painting shows the outline of the Castle, as well as other buildings of old Edinburgh, with a busy animal fair going on in the foreground.

The Howe painting is in exceptional condition and is estimated to realise a price of between £15k and £25k. As Howe himself was not an overly prolific painter, his work is highly sought after.

A number of watercolours by another Borders favourite, the Selkirk-born Tom Scott, whose paintings have achieved three world record prices in the past at Swan and Turner sales, are certain to cause a buzz. Included in the sale is Lot 4, ‘An Evening Stroll’. This is a wonderful example of his work and carries a guide price of £1,000 - £1,500.

Another highlight of the sale will be the greatly accomplished 17th century oil painting of Esmé Stuart, 1st Duke of Lennox, by an unknown artist, which is estimated to reach between £3k and £4k. Also to be noted is Lot 65, a small oil portrait of Mary Queen of Scots by Richard Bankes Harriden which is superbly painted and estimated at £300 - £500.

A full catalogue of the sale can be downloaded from or by contacting the auction rooms on 01835 863445 or e-mail