A LANDMARK collection of paintings by some of the most acclaimed Scottish artists is expected to fetch up to £2 million when it goes under the hammer later this summer.
Investors and collectors from across the world are expected to bid for the original works when they are auctioned off in Edinburgh this September.
Bonhams said such was the level of interest that items from the 40-strong collection will be previewed in New York, Paris and London before returning to Scotland.
The collection was amassed over a period of 20 years by an unnamed Canadian seller and is thought to have only ever been displayed privately.
The star lot is Cassis, the White Villa, by Francis Cadell, which is estimated to fetch between £150,000 and £200,000.
Cadell was born in Edinburgh in 1883, educated at Edinburgh Academy and studied in Paris, before returning to Scotland in 1903, where he created most of his best-known works.
He and his fellow Colourists spent many years in France and experts believe they are the most direct link between British art and the revolutionary artistic developments on continental Europe in the early 1900s.
Other works with a French connection include Bather Cap d’Antibes by JD Fergusson, which is estimated to fetch £100,000-£150,000, and Samuel Peploe’s Paris Plage, which is anticipated to sell for £80,000-£120,000. A second by Peploe, Luxembourg Gardens, has been valued at £70,000-£100,000.
Chris Brickley, head of Scottish pictures at Bonhams, Edinburgh, said: “This is one of the most rounded collections I have seen in many years, rich in quality and put together with great love and attention. I’m sure our buyers will jump at the chance to view it when the pictures come home, and fully expect to convert some new enthusiasts to Scottish art along the way.”
Bonhams said the collection reflects the range and quality of modern Scots art with fine examples by artists including William McTaggart, George Henry, Arthur Melville, Peploe, Cadell, Anne Redpath and Joan Eardley, whose Glasgow Boy is one of her best works.
The Glasgow School, the impressionistic art movement that emerged in the city in the late 19th century, is represented by a full-length portrait by Henry, in the style of Whistler, and a view of a Spanish bullring by Melville which could fetch £80,000.
Works by Cadell have been known to sell for far in excess of their guide price due to the level of interest in recent years.
Cadell lived in Edinburgh’s Ainslie Place, in a house filled with fine china, silver and Japanese fans which were often the subjects for his paintings.
Despite his earlier wealth, Cadell left a little over £800 when he died of cancer in “considerable financial and physical distress” in Edinburgh in 1937.