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Constable's Brighton painting up for auction

The Argus: Constable's Brighton painting up for auction Constable's Brighton painting up for auction

A John Constable oil painting of Brighton which was the subject of a BBC programme will be sold for around half a million pounds by an international art dealer.

A Sea Beach – Brighton, will be sold at Bonhams Old Master Paintings Sale in New Bond Street, London.

A BBC television programme about the painting was shown, which established its authenticity as a Constable painting.
 

David Dallas, Bonhams International Director of Old Master Paintings, said: “This is a wonderful exam- ple of Constable’s ability to conjure up the power of the elements and, by contrast, the insignificance of man.

“In this atmospheric work, the people scurry for shelter or rush to secure their boats as the sea and wind lash Brighton Beach.”

Constable and his family were frequent visitors to Brighton from 1824 until 1828, for the sake of Constable’s sick wife.

Although the painter disliked Brighton, he was captivated by the changing moods of the sea and sky and these became the inspiration for countless sketches.

The painting was previously housed in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before it was bought by a private collector in Detroit.

It is estimated that the painting will be sold for between £400,000 and £600,000, its exact date is unknown.

 

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2:12pm Mon 26 May 14

tykemison says...

Would it not be wonderful if someone in our Council had the foresight to try to purchase this magnificent work of Brighton art? They seem able to squander millions on illogical road calming projects or silly sticks on the seafront.BID, BID, BID!!
Would it not be wonderful if someone in our Council had the foresight to try to purchase this magnificent work of Brighton art? They seem able to squander millions on illogical road calming projects or silly sticks on the seafront.BID, BID, BID!! tykemison
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3:51pm Mon 26 May 14

fredaj says...

tykemison wrote:
Would it not be wonderful if someone in our Council had the foresight to try to purchase this magnificent work of Brighton art? They seem able to squander millions on illogical road calming projects or silly sticks on the seafront.BID, BID, BID!!
No. That is not what council tax is for.
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: Would it not be wonderful if someone in our Council had the foresight to try to purchase this magnificent work of Brighton art? They seem able to squander millions on illogical road calming projects or silly sticks on the seafront.BID, BID, BID!![/p][/quote]No. That is not what council tax is for. fredaj
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4:21pm Mon 26 May 14

Elgabalus says...

We have many tens of millions on account and many millions of artwork already... We don't need to buy anymore...a lot is on loan or hidden away...you should see the Paintings in the Council Offices... Leave the Greens alone they are the Party of PARTEEEEE roll on the next rave and thank you Susex Plod and the Council for the peaceful vibe
We have many tens of millions on account and many millions of artwork already... We don't need to buy anymore...a lot is on loan or hidden away...you should see the Paintings in the Council Offices... Leave the Greens alone they are the Party of PARTEEEEE roll on the next rave and thank you Susex Plod and the Council for the peaceful vibe Elgabalus
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4:52pm Mon 26 May 14

rolivan says...

tykemison wrote:
Would it not be wonderful if someone in our Council had the foresight to try to purchase this magnificent work of Brighton art? They seem able to squander millions on illogical road calming projects or silly sticks on the seafront.BID, BID, BID!!
The Museum has over 2 million objects and at the rate they are exhibited it would take many life times to see them all . Any money the Council has should go on a Leisure Centre including an Ice Rink . In fact I think the Council should look at selling some of the Museums collection as it must be costing an absolute fortune to store and insure what they already have.
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: Would it not be wonderful if someone in our Council had the foresight to try to purchase this magnificent work of Brighton art? They seem able to squander millions on illogical road calming projects or silly sticks on the seafront.BID, BID, BID!![/p][/quote]The Museum has over 2 million objects and at the rate they are exhibited it would take many life times to see them all . Any money the Council has should go on a Leisure Centre including an Ice Rink . In fact I think the Council should look at selling some of the Museums collection as it must be costing an absolute fortune to store and insure what they already have. rolivan
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9:07pm Mon 26 May 14

tykemison says...

rolivan wrote:
tykemison wrote: Would it not be wonderful if someone in our Council had the foresight to try to purchase this magnificent work of Brighton art? They seem able to squander millions on illogical road calming projects or silly sticks on the seafront.BID, BID, BID!!
The Museum has over 2 million objects and at the rate they are exhibited it would take many life times to see them all . Any money the Council has should go on a Leisure Centre including an Ice Rink . In fact I think the Council should look at selling some of the Museums collection as it must be costing an absolute fortune to store and insure what they already have.
With all due respect to the other talented artists,I am pretty sure a painting from one of Britains greatest artists about this actual Town would not be put in storage, Turner was quite unique and us tax payers owning this work would be more agreeable than being sold to a private collector.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: Would it not be wonderful if someone in our Council had the foresight to try to purchase this magnificent work of Brighton art? They seem able to squander millions on illogical road calming projects or silly sticks on the seafront.BID, BID, BID!![/p][/quote]The Museum has over 2 million objects and at the rate they are exhibited it would take many life times to see them all . Any money the Council has should go on a Leisure Centre including an Ice Rink . In fact I think the Council should look at selling some of the Museums collection as it must be costing an absolute fortune to store and insure what they already have.[/p][/quote]With all due respect to the other talented artists,I am pretty sure a painting from one of Britains greatest artists about this actual Town would not be put in storage, Turner was quite unique and us tax payers owning this work would be more agreeable than being sold to a private collector. tykemison
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