Artist’s love for Dorset sets the scene

Dorchester auction house Duke’s is to sell a private collection of over 30 works by artist Edward D’Arcy Lister ARCA, painted during his lifetime in Dorset.

Edward D'Arcy Lister oil painting of Dorset coastline

The collection of works to be offered in the sale in July next year as part of the Art and Design Post-1850 auction comprises a variety of works, including oil on canvas, watercolours, lithographs and gouache studies.

The collection also includes a series of portraits drawn during the time Lister spent in the armed forces, along with abstract lithographs, which show the variety of works. Mainly local scenes, these paintings clearly show the affinity Lister had with nature and his eye for beauty. The highlighted painting to be offered at auction is a scene of draped nets and boats in Poole Quay. The sizeable oil on canvas study is to be offered with a pre-sale estimate of £500-£1,000 plus buyer’s premium.

Edward D'Arcy Lister painting of draped fishing netsSpecialist Max Beaumont of Duke’s Auctioneer’s in Dorchester of Dorset, commented “I’ve spent the majority of my life near Poole and in Dorset itself, and feel Lister’s works capture the true feeling of this wonderful part of the country. Having also spent time in India, the paintings influenced by the artist’s travels to the country are rather special and bring back many fond memories.”

Edward D'Arcy Lister painting of Indian womenThe Art and Design auction on July 19 already has a variety of unusual items consigned, including a Picasso pottery collection, a collection of works by Agatha Walker, a collection of Morris Ware ceramics, items of Poole pottery and Moorcroft.

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