£74,500 paid for Yew Court painting

The painting of Yew Court, Scalby
The painting of Yew Court, Scalby

An oil painting of an historic Scalby house by artist John Atkinson Grimshaw sold for £74,500 at auction.

The 14ins by 20ins picture, Yew Court, Scalby, by Twilight, was painted in 1877 by Grimshaw, who rented Castle-by-the-Sea in Scarborough.

Scarborough Museum Trust also own a Yew Court painting by Grimshaw.

Before last Wednesday’s auction,at Bonhams in London, Yew Court, Scalby, by Twilight, had been expected to sell for between £70,000 and £100,000.

According to auctioneers Bonhams: “Close to Scarborough, the small village of Scalby was popular with Grimshaw, who would often drive over there in his pony and trap to visit the family who lived at Yew Court. What makes this particular work stand out is the quality of the light. Always a feature of Grimshaw’s pictures, here it is especially striking, producing the mood of a cool, clear evening glow, a sort of translucent film over the whole surface.”

Yew Court was built in 1742 and over the years has had a colourful array of owners.