Barrow shipyard drawings and Millom Georgian clock feature in auction

3 August 2017 12:35PM

DRAWINGS of a Barrow-built Windermere steamer, a Coniston-based screenplay starring Anthony Hopkins and a centuries-old grandfather clock made in Millom feature in a South Cumbrian saleroom on Monday and Tuesday, August 7 and 8.

The sale by 1818 Auctioneers includes two original prints, stamped “Vickers Armstrong”, which show the electrics and motor of the Windermere Steamer, Teal.

They are expected to make between £150 and £200 despite their worn condition.

Valuer David Brookes, from 1818 Auctioneers, said: “The Teal was built by Vickers, transported in sections by rail and then reassembled at Lakeside.

“Records tell us she was launched on July 4 in 1936 and 20 years later Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were passengers.

“In July 2013 the Queen was back on board for a second time.”

The sale also includes a late 18th century oak longcase grandfather clock by William Shephard of Millom, who was also a blacksmith and a farmer.

Records show that he and his wife had 10 children and that one became a clockmaker inheriting his father’s tools.

It is possible that father and son made the clock together.

Mr Brookes believes the clock never left the area and he expects it to make between £200 and £300.

The sale also has an original typewritten A4 screenplay for the 1988 film Across the Lake.

The film starred Anthony Hopkins as Donald Campbell on his ill-fated attempt for the water speed record on Coniston Water in 1967.

Mr Brookes says it was given to the vendor by the producer’s assistant while the crew were staying at Bank Ground Farm, Coniston, during filming.

The 98 page script has an estimate of £70 to £100.

Kurt Schwitters is one of the most influential artists of last century and is known for his collage and abstract works but also did some portraits during his time in the Lake District as tokens of friendship.

Three of them, of Ambleside people George (LOT 47), Christine (LOT 46) and Peter (LOT 45) Woodcock, are each expected to sell for £1,000 to £2,000 in an August 17 sale by Lyon and Turnbull, of Edinburgh.Schwitters, who lived from 1887 to 1948, was forced to flee Germany in 1937 after his work was classed as “forbidden art”.

He came to Britain, was interned during the Second World War and settled in Ambleside in 1945.

The picture of Peter Woodcock, then aged 11, was painted during school half-term in 1945 at the Rothay Hotel, Grasmere. His parent's portraits were painted at Blackpool in 1946. The sale on Wednesday and Thursday, August 9 and 10, by Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd at Skirsgill, Penrith, expects £400 to £600 for an oil painting called Coniston Lake by Clarence Henry Roe, who lived from £400 to £600. (LOT 67)

A sale on August 11 by Dee, Atkinson and Harrison at Driffield, East Yorkshire, has a (LOT 333) watercolour by Sidney Valentine Gardner, of Nottingham, who lived from 1869 to 1967.

It is called In Rayrigg Bay, Windermere, and has an estimate of £60 to £80.

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