Four Scottish Colourists

Two Private Collections | One £2.6million Auction

Two major private collections of Scottish Colourist paintings led the field in our latest specialist auction of Scottish Paintings & Sculpture in Edinburgh on 9th June. A painting by Scottish Colourist F.C.B. Cadell's titled Still Life of Roses took the top spot at £434,500 (illustrated in the thumbnail). Enthusiastic bidders packed the sale room taking the final auction total to over £2.6 million.

The Wood Collection of Scottish Colourists

The major highlights of the auction came from two important private collections - the first a collection of Scottish Colourist paintings, including work by Cadell, Peploe and Hunter, known as the Wood Collection. A group of paintings purchased between the 1920s and the 1940s by the Edinburgh collector Walter Quarry Wood, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, with the advice of Duncan Macdonald of the renowned dealers Alex Reid and Lefevre and hung for many years in his family’s residence in the city’s New Town.


Scottish Colourist Cadell VaseFRANCIS CAMPBELL BOILEAU CADELL R.S.A., R.S.W. (SCOTTISH 1883-1937)
Sold for £290,500 (inclusive of buyer's premium)


Nick Curnow, Vice Chairman and Head of Scottish Art said “this is a great result and proves once again that Edinburgh is the place to sell Scottish paintings. The Scottish Colourists are particularly popular and we sold some very fine examples of their work, one of the highlights being Still Life of Roses by F.C.B Cadell for £434,500. The quality of the works on offer attracted the top collectors in Scottish Art, from across the nation and beyond.”


Scottish Colourist Cadell IonaFRANCIS CAMPBELL BOILEAU CADELL R.S.A., R.S.W. (SCOTTISH 1883-1937)
Sold for £98,500 (inclusive of buyer's premium)


Other highlights of the Wood Collection included Cadell's painting The Wedgwood Vase (illustrated above) and his outstanding view of Iona, Roina in the Sound of Mull . The latter reflects the artist’s spiritual attachment to the holy island, which he visited frequently from 1920 until his death, often in the company of his lifelong friend S.J. Peploe. It is thus particularly fitting that these works should be complemented by an equally important painting by Peploe of Iona Abbey, painted in the 1920s from the high ground above the church, which sold for £98,500.


Sold for £98,500 (inclusive of buyer's premium)



The Robertson Collection

John Duncan Fergusson | At a Cafe TableJOHN DUNCAN FERGUSSON R.B.A. (SCOTTISH 1874-1961)
Sold for £194,500 (inclusive of buyer's premium)


The fourth Colourist, J.D. Fergusson, was represented by the second important collection in the auction – The Robertson Collection. His inspirational scene of French café life At a Café Table, gifted by the artist to Anne and Ian Robertson, caused quite a stir eventually selling for £194,500. A remarkable result for such a delicate 24cm x 19cm (9.5in x 7.5in) work. Other highlights included another piece by Fergusson, The Picnic, which sold for £80,500 and a wonderful study by one of Scotland’s most sought women artists Joan Eardley, Girl Nursing a Child, which after keen bidding sold for £43,750.


Joan EardleyJOAN EARDLEY R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1921-1963)
Sold for £43,750 (inclusive of buyer's premium)


Further Highlights


Lyon & Turnbull’s flagship Scottish Paintings & Sculpture auctions feature work from the 18th to the 20th century, with earlier works also proving popular including a rare family portrait by Alexander Nasmyth of The Children of William Ramsay of Barnton, which reached £96,100 and a beautiful snow scene by Joseph Farquharson Beneath the Snow Encumbered Branches which fetched £146,500.


Farquharson Beneath the SnowJOSEPH FARQUHARSON R.A. (SCOTTISH 1846-1935)
Sold for £146,500 (inclusive of buyer's premium)



Meet the Specialists

Our team of Scottish Art specialists host two dedicated auctions of Scottish Paintings & Sculpture per year. The next auction will be December 2016, for more information on these events, selling at auction or for an up to date valuation on a painting please contact

Nick Curnow | Head of Scottish Art | 0131 557 8844 |

Charlotte Riordan | Scottish Art Specialist | 0131 557 8844 |


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