Rare painting found in Wooler storeroom

Unearthed in Wooler Auction Mart Storeroom, a unique study of Farmstock at an Edinburgh Fair by renowned Scottish Artist James Howe is to sell at Jedburgh Auction.

Monday, 7th November 2016, 3:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:30 pm
Hallow Fair by renowned Scottish Artist James Howe was found in a Wooler auction house.

Swan and Turner fine art auctioneers and valuers, part of Harrison and Hetherington Ltd, are offering for sale “Old Hallow Fair on the Calton Hill”, an original painting by the noted Scottish artist James Howe.

This huge oil painting which hung in the John Swan & Sons Edinburgh boardroom for many years was unearthed in the Wooler livestock mart offices after it was acquired by H&H Group last year.

The painting shows the outline of the castle, and other buildings of old Edinburgh, together with a busy animal fair, filled with sheep, horses, cattle, and a throng of buyers and sellers.

Howe was a popular artist whose love of horses in particular was familiar to the Georgian scene. In its original frame, “Old Hallow Fair on the Calton Hill”, is a very good example of his work, and is in exceptionally good condition.

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The painting will be auctioned, as part of their Autumn sale of paintings at Swan and Turner’s sale rooms in Jedburgh on Saturday, November 25 with a guide of between £15,000 to £25,000.

Frank Forrest, auctioneer at Swan and Turner, said: “This is a magnificent painting and after finding it in the mart storeroom, we really felt that it needs a home where it can be appreciated and enjoyed by a much wider audience. It really would be most appropriate if it were to return to a magnificent boardroom or drawing room within the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.”

“Howe’s paintings are sought after and do not come onto the market very often. There have been very few of his paintings sold on the open market in the recent past, so we are expecting it to be of considerable interest.”