Paul Sandby, Windsor Castle from the Thames with figures in the foreground, estimate £40,000 – 60,000
A charming and important early nineteenth century view of Windsor Castle by the master of the genre, Paul Sandby, is one of the major lots at Bonhams sale of selected contents of Hooton Pagnell Hall in London on 1 December.  It is estimated at £40,000 – 60,000.
Windsor Castle from the Thames with figures in the foreground was painted in 1802 and bears a striking resemblance to Sandby’s picture in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen, Windsor Castle from the Eton Shore.  The view from the Thames, however, has some wonderful enlivening human touches; a group of working horses, the young family with their scampering dog, the laden barge and the horse-drawn cart that has been driven into the river to receive its cargo. Sandby provides a snapshot of Georgian life against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring castle with all the historic connotations it would have held for 18th century antiquarians.
In a long, fruitful career, Sandby (1730 – 1809) travelled the length and breadth of England and Wales achieving great success for his watercolour depictions of the architectural heritage of the land.
Bonhams Director of Old Master Paintings, Andrew McKenzie said: “Windsor Castle was a favourite theme for Paul Sandby and his Windsor views were in much demand – the famous botanist and antiquarian, Joseph Banks, owned at least 70 of them. It is entirely in keeping with the importance of Hooton Pagnell Hall that its owners should have acquired such a serene and elegant example of Sandby’s work.”
Hooton Pagnell Hall
Hooton Pagnell Hall, parts of which date from the 13th century, has been home to the Warde family for more than 300 years. Successive generations have added to the contents and the house is a fascinating reflection of changing taste and fashion over the centuries. The current owner, Mark Warde-Norbury, has now decided to sell a selection of objects. As he explained to the arts journalist Philippa Stockley writing in Bonhams Magazine, “We have five grand pianos and six grandfather clocks.  We have to clear some things out in order to move forward.”

London Art Week – on now until 10 July

London Art Week, Mayfair

London Art Week (3 to 10 July 2015) is the most important gallery-based celebration of traditional art, highlighting the unrivalled quality, riches and expertise available within the galleries of Mayfair and St. James’s. Bringing together over 40 leading art galleries and three auction houses, the event includes a series of dedicated exhibitions and presents a wealth of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and works of art from antiquity to the 20th century, many of which have been hidden from public view for decades.Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 17.50.58

Johnny van Haeften and Lowell Libson, Senior Committee members of London Art Week: “’London Art Week’ is a key moment of the year which celebrates the resounding importance of the art gallery. It also highlights the position of Mayfair and St. James’s as the global centre of the traditional art market, and the leading destination for expertise. We look forward to welcoming collectors, curators and enthusiasts to this year’s event which will offer the strongest and most diverse selection of art to date.”

A myriad of exciting rediscoveries have been unveiled at London Art Week 2015. Highlights include The Sayer Family of Richmond, 1781, by Johan Zoffany, R.A. (1733-1810), one of the most important rediscoveries in the field of classical British art for decades (Colnaghi); a marble sculpture of Lucretia by Philippe Bertrand (1663-1724), artist at the Court of Louis XIV, which has been unseen since it was exhibited at the Salon de Louvre in 1704 (Galerie Sismann); the only known drawing by Cesare Magni (1511-1534), pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, to be firmly attributed to the artist (Martin Hirschboeck); and Madonna and Child by Simon Vouet (1590-1649), otherwise known as The Madonna Molé, whose existence was known by scholars through an engraving, but whose whereabouts were unknown until now (Maurizio Nobile).

Exhibitions presented for London Art Week 2015 include Portraiture through the Ages (Agnew’s), French Drawings from the 17th to 19th Century (Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi), Reclaiming Antiquity; creation and revival between the Fall of Rome and the Renaissance (Sam Fogg), Fragments: From the Tiber to the Ganges (Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch), Paintings from Georgian Britain; A Golden Age (Richard Green Fine Paintings), On Copper (Johnny van Haeften Ltd.), Ignacio Pinazo (1849-1916). A Valencian Master of Light (Galería José de la Mano), From the Salon (Daniel Katz Gallery), The Painter’s Menagerie and The Sculptor’s Menagerie (Rafael Valls Ltd. and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art), Shapely Forms: Vessels in Antiquity (Rupert Wace Ancient Art), and From Merchants to Monarchs: Frans Pourbus the Younger (The Weiss Gallery).

Full details of the event, including a map, are available at