Frederick Cayley Robinson’s Long Voyage sold at Duke’s Auctioneers, Dorchester, for £ 123.5,000


A PAINTING which was last bought for £ 100 in 1930 was auctioned off in Dorchester for £ 123,500.

19th-century artist Frederick Cayley Robinson’s landscape painting, The Long Journey, has gone under the hammer at Duke’s Auctioneers.

The painting shows an elderly man, a young child and a young woman all seated in a car traveling through a rural area. The painting is especially remarkable for the way in which the young woman looks directly at the viewer.

The painting was sold as part of Duke’s Autumn Fine Art Collection for a hammer price of £ 95,000, more than double its estimated price of £ 40,000. Charges included, the total sale price is £ 123,500.

The rear of the Long Journey by Frederick Cayley Robinson. Image: The Duke Auctioneers

At the start of the 20th century, the painting was shown at exhibitions such as the Royal Academy in London in 1928, the Leicester Galleries in London in 1929, and the Fine Art Society in London from October 18 to November 11, 1977.

A Duke’s spokesperson said: “The painting was acquired for £ 100 from exhibitors Ernest Brown and Phillips, in the Leicester Galleries on January 1, 1930 by Kerrison Preston.”

“It was sold with the sales receipt that accompanied it at that time as well as additional correspondence between Preston and Ernest Brown and Phillips as well as a letter to Preston from the artist.

“The letter thanked him for his appreciation of the work and suggested that the idea of ​​the painting’s analogy was between a train journey and the journey of life, and that the painting depicts an old sailor dreaming of the past, while the children who accompany him remain impatient – and from there by descent. ”

The painting sold nearly three times as much as any of Robinson’s previous works, according to Duke.

The original Long Journey is signed “Cayley Robinson” on the lower left of the canvas and signed and inscribed “The Long Journey F Cayley Robinson” on the reverse side, tempera on canvas, which measures 42cm x 61cm.

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