Bonhams 19th Century sale in London on January 27th made £1.22m. According to the auction house’s release, “An Archibald Thorburn painting of The Covey at Daybreak – Partridges made £192,000, the third highest price ever paid for a Thorburn at auction.”
The top lot of the sale was a melancholy and atmospheric depiction of Glasgow Docks by John Atkinson Grimshaw which doubled its lower pre-sale estimate to sell for £204,000. John Atkinson Grimshaw was renowned for his depictions of city scenes, and this painting of the misty morning in the Victorian docks of Glasgow is a fine example.
Other good results in the sale, which totalled £1,222,320, include a bustling Parisian street scene, by Basile Lemeunier which fetched £102,000 (estimate £20,000-30,000) and a painting by Philippe Lodewijk Sadee which sold for £78,000 (estimate £25,000-35,000).