Marine art to the fore

OIL paintings with links to Sunderland's marine heritage fetched a total of £10,575 at Sotheby's auction house in London.

Mending The Nets, a painting of a fisherman by Wearside artist William Kay Blacklock, sold for 3,290.

William Howard Yorke's The Barque Delscey of Liverpool, which featured a Wear-built ship built by Doxford and Sons , went for 7,285.

Both paintings were bought during a marine sale at Sotheby's West London auction rooms.

William Kay Blacklock (1872-1922) was born in Sunderland in 1872 and became known for his oil and watercolour landscapes. He studied at the Royal College of Art before his death in 1922 .

The Victorian Wearside artist's work is popular with collectors.

Giles Peppiatt, of Bonhams auction house in London, said: "Technically there is no doubt he was an artist of great ability. His work is quite highly sought after."

The Delscey was painted by William Howard Yorke in 1886 on a canvas measuring 20 inches by 30 inches .

The iron ship was built by Doxford and Sons on Wearside in 1875 for Shallcross and Highham of Liverpool.

The painting features the Delscey signalling for the Falmouth pilot, with a cutter in the background.

On the history of the Sunderland built Delscey, the Sotheby's marine auction catalogue reads: "In the service of the same owners for 20 years, she was purchased by Japp and Kirby, also of Liverpool, in 1896, but then sold to Menz Decker and Co of Hamburg and renamed Vidonia in 1897.

"Illustrating the longevity of the iron construction, she was still in service in 1906, disappearing from Lloyd's register by 1908."

A ship-in-a-bottle of the Delscey was also sold at the marine auction.

Yorke , who painted the ship, was based in Liverpool and known for his "enormous output" of work. The Dictionary of Sea Painters says: "He is said to have taken commissions through his picture framer and returned with the finished work the next day."