Tue, 12th May 2015 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Sandwich)

Lot 20


δ MONTAGUE DAWSON (BRITISH, 1895-1973): Yeoman and Lalage - six metre yachts off Isle of Wight

Sold for £7,440
Estimated at £6,000 - £8,000

(Please note the sold price includes buyer's premium at 24%)

Condition report
Spinnaker re-touched on main yacht; otherwise good condition.

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Yeoman and Lalage - six metre yachts off Isle of Wight
Signed 'Montague Dawson' (lower left)
Oil on canvas
24 x 36in. (61 x 91.5cm.)

Provenance: Sotheby's, May 11th 1994, lot 240.

•George Nicholson
Joining in 1961 as a non-executive Director of the famous firm of Camper & Nicholson, George, second son of the great designer Charles Nicholson, has yachting in his blood which has informed the greater part of his active career. Although technically retired, George remains an enthusiastic yachtsman and avid yachting historian as this substantial library and collection attest. When not afloat, George and his wife divide their time between properties in Switzerland and the South of France and, as these have become too large for their present needs, he has decided to part with a library he has spent many years amassing. A huge range of volumes, each with a bookplate, offer the serious researcher and unrivalled opportunity to add to (or create) significant libraries of their own.
George became a fan of the contemporary French painter Guy L'Hostis over twenty years ago and, as a keen and critical observer, judges him "the best technical artist alive today" - less photographic than some, L'Hostis's genius is his ability to capture the spirit of a moment with accuracy and a "period" feel - undoubtedly helped by reference to the Beken of Cowes photographs of the period, he needs no more than a light touch of his brush to achieve what others strive for without success. The selection offered here represent private commissions undertaken to represent the greatest of the Camper & Nicholson yachts largely built in the great days of the J-Class and designed by his father, Charles Nicholson.