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    Sale 7653

    Modern and Contemporary Australian and South African Art

    16 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 2

    Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny (1864-1947)

    Fishing boats, Étaples

    Price Realised  


    Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny (1864-1947)
    Fishing boats, Étaples
    signed 'Rupert C W Bunny' (lower left)
    oil on board
    20¾ x 29¼in. (52.7 x 74.3cm.)

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    One of three similar Étaples subjects by Bunny; the other two After the Boats have Left, Étaples, Sotheby's Melbourne, 28-29 April 1998, lot 59 as 'Breton Fishing Boats'; and The Fishing Fleet, Sotheby's Melbourne, 21 April 1986, lot 33. Bunny exhibited two Étaples subjects at his first exhibition in Australia in Melbourne in 1911, After the Boats Have Left (Étaples, Paris, S.I.) and Boats Preparing to Leave (Étaples, Paris S.I.), the latter possibly the present picture. All three pictures are tonally dark and show the influence of the American painter August Koopman (1869-1914) whom Bunny met in 1894.

    We are grateful to David Thomas for the above information.

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    A. Uriarte y Piñeiro, Buenos Aires.
    Museo Naçional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (stamped 'DONACIÓN A. URIARTE Y PIÑEIRO' on the reverse and with 1937 inventory no. 6855 on an old label on the reverse).

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