Great names of British and Irish art dominate Bonhams £3.6 million London sale

Bonhams sale of British and Irish art yesterday (28.5.14) was headed by a roll-call of modern greats – Lynn Chadwick, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore, Eric Gill, Euan Uglow and no fewer than four Ivon Hitchens in the top ten prices achieved. The colourful paintings by Hitchens who was bombed out of his house in 1940 and who painted for 40 years from a caravan at Petworth West Sussex, came from a single owner collection of 15 pictures – the largest such collection to come to the market. Produced over three decades the collection of Hitchens pictures sold for total of £812,100 and was 100% sold. The top price was £79,300 for ‘Poppies against a Grey Background’. Ivon Hitchens the son of a painter, and the father and grandfather of painters, started exhibiting in the 1920s going on to exhibit all over the world. He was part of the collection of artists known as the London Group. When his house was bombed during WW2 he took

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