UNDER THE HAMMER.
Byline: Mike Litherland
'WHAT is selling well at auction?" Fine paintings will always sell well, as with this painting, below, by Tom Mostyn: "Portrait of a young lady in a patterned dress holding a posy of daisies, oil on canvas, signed".
It's a fine example of the artist's work, with estimates of PS1,500-PS2,500, to be sold in our next two-day antique sale, in association with Thomson Roddick Medcalf.
Tom Mostyn (1864- 1930) was a landscape and portrait artist born in Liverpool in 1864, the son of artist Edwin Mostyn. He spent most of his upbringing in Manchester, and later attended the Manchester Art School and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, where he won first prize for life drawing.
By 1904, he had moved to London and became known as "the Manchester painter" and, between 1910 and 1911, Mostyn's development went through one of the most important transitions in his career, and he began to incorporate his interest in portraits.
In 1917, he became President of the Manchester Academy of Fine Art until 1920. After World War I, he moved to Devon and became associated with the Newlyn School. He started to produce a series of enchanted garden scenes with figures in an Impressionistic style.
He continued to exhibit his paintings and in the 1920s held a number of one-man exhibitions at the Fine Art Society, London. During his lifetime, he exhibited a total of 14 works at the RA and also exhibited MOSTLY MOSTYN at the Paris Salon, the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, and other galleries in Germany and Rome. Examples of his works can be found in public art galleries including Manchester, Oldham, Newcastle, Cardiff and Liverpool, as well as in private collections around the world.
Another painting in this sale is by Dianne Flynn, Later Afternoon at Teignmouth Quays, with estimates of PS700-PS1,000.
Flynn was born in 1939 and brought up in Huddersfield.
Her work covers a broad range, but Flynn first achieved success as a portrait painter. Figures have always been a central interest, and the search for fresh ideas led the artist to dress her models in antiques costumes. She loves to paint the carefree life of children, on holiday, at home or at the funfair. | If you have paintings you would like us to value, don't forget every Friday, 10.30am-12.30 or 2pm - 4pm, we have a Free Valuation Day at our Southport Office at 43, Hoghton Street. Please call 01704 538489 to make an appointment. If you have items that are too large to bring in, just email a photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org or we can come to you.