Arts Council England has received notifications of sale for the following items which have previously been exempted from capital taxation. Please note that the price given is intended as a rough guide only, and does not constitute an offer to sell at this price. The practice of the auction houses is usually to pitch this at their high auction estimate or, sometimes, even higher.

 

1. Bernardo Bellotto (Venice 1721-1780 Warsaw)
The Fortress of Konigstein, from the North and The Fortress of Konigstein, from the South, circa 1757
oil on canvas
132.1 x 236.2cm each
a pair

Guide price: £20,500,000 

 

2. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)
Venus Verticordia
signed with monogram l.l.
watercolour with bodycolour
36 by 33cm., 14 by 13in.

 

Provenance
Purchased in 1864 from the artist by George Rae for 100 guineas;
Purchased in 1917 from the Trustees of the Estate of George Rae by William Hesketh Lever, 1st
Viscount Leverhulme and thence by descent

 

Exhibited
London, Royal Academy, Works by the Old Masters, Including a Special Selection from the
Works of John Linnell and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1883, no.312 (lent by George Rae);
Port Sunlight, Lady Lever Art Gallery, The Pre-Raphaelites – Their Friends and Followers –
Centenary Exhibition, 1948, no.166 (lent by Viscount Leverhulme)

 

Literature
William Sharpe, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, A Record and Study, 1882, p.207;
William Michael Rossetti, D.G. Rossetti as a Designer and Writer, 1889, p.48-50;
H.C. Marillier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Illustrated Memorial of his Art and Life, 1899, p.150
illustrated opposite p.134;
H.C. Marillier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Illustrated Memorial of his Art and Life, 2nd edition, 1901,
pp.110-11;
Kerrison Preston (ed.), Letters from Graham Robertson, 1953, p.397;
Virginia Surtees, Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882 – The Paintings and Drawings – A Catalogue
Raisonne, 2 volumes, 1971, vol. I p.100 cat.no.173 R.I;
Jan Marsh, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Painter and Poet, 1999, pp.280, 290 

Guide price: £1,400,000

 

3. THE LIBRARY OF DR HUGH SELBOURNE (1906-1973) previously on deposit at Birmingham University

Hugh Selbourne (1906-1973) was a Manchester physician of French-Jewish birth. Born in Paris, he qualified in London in the 1920s, and moved to Manchester in 1938 where he remained for the rest of his life. He began collecting books as a student and continued for the next forty years. The Library encompasses a wide range of subjects: a core of science and medicine (especially early members of the Royal Society), but also incunabula, literature of all periods (chiefly English and French), philosophy, economics, and some travel, Americana, natural history, and private press. There are two or three Medieval/Renaissance manuscripts, and a few 19th century and modern manuscripts with the most important being John Ruskin and William Morris.

 

Very Provisional Total Guide Price:  total auction estimate £1.3m-1.8m

Sale: Bonham's 25 March 2015 with further sales if necessary to take place in the autumn of 2015

 

NOTE: The library comprises a very large number of individual items a list of which is available. Anybody interested please contact Anastasia Tennant (details below)

 

For further details please contact:

Anastasia Tennant
Acquisitions, Exports, Loans and Collections Unit 
Arts Council England
21 Bloomsbury Street
London WC1B 3HF
Direct Line: 020 7268 9553
Email: anastasia.tennant@artscouncil.org.uk