1876 painting up for auction

artist Henry Redmore,
artist Henry Redmore,

ARTIST Henry Redmore left just £981 16 shillings and a penny - or £981.80p in modern money - when he died in 1887.

Now, 124 years later, one of his Scarborough paintings is up for sale and it is expected to fetch up to £15,000 at an auction.

The 13in by 22in picture was painted by Hull artist Redmore in 1876 and features the Spa buildings which were destroyed by fire shortly afterwards on September 8 1876.

In 1877, work started on the replacement Spa building and in 1880 the New Spa Grand Hall was opened.

Redmore was a frequent visitor to Scarborough and produced several pictures of the town including Busy Morning in Scarborough, An Extensive View of Scarborough and Wreck Of The Coupland In Scarborough Bay.

The crew of the Scarborough lifeboat Amelia drowned when they tried to come to the aid of the Coupland, which had run on to the jagged rocks close to the Spa wall on November 2 1861.

When Redmore visited Scarborough, the town was half its current size. In 1871, a total of 24,259 people were living there, compared to the 50,000 currently living in the town.

Redmore’s biographer Arthur Credland said: “Scarborough claims to be Britain’s first seaside resort and certainly by the 19th century was part of the European circuit for the ‘beautiful people’ of the period.

It was on a par with St Tropez and the south of France. And with its promenade, busy fishing harbour and castle, it was a favourite with artists such as Scarborough-born artist Henry Barlow Carter and Scarborough-based artists, John Wilson Carmichael and the master of moonlight, John Atkinson Grimshaw, who cashed in on the visitors and had a variety of picturesque views on tap.”

Henry Redmore’s 1876 Scarborough painting will be auctioned at Bonhams in London on September 13.

The current world record for a Redmore picture is £30,000, the sum paid at Bonhams in London on February 19 2008 for his 1871 oil painting, Luggers and other commercial sail in a flat calm off Whitby.

Before the auction, it had been expected to sell for between £12,000 and £18,000.