Oil painting of Sunderland harbour expected to fetch £7,000 at auction

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AN oil painting of Sunderland harbour that dates back 150 years could fetch up to £7,000 at auction.

The work is by one of the North East’s most renowned marine artists, John Wilson Carmichael.

The 14in x 25in picture, simply titled: Sunderland, was painted by Newcastle-born Carmichael in 1861, when he was in his early 60s.

Now it is expected to sell for between £5,000 and £7,000 at Bonhams in Kinghtsbridge, London, on April 15.

Bonhams art expert, Veronique Scorer told the Echo: “Carmichael depicted Sunderland harbour and docks several times and captures the essence of the busy port in this painting. He knew the area well, having been born in Newcastle and established his studio in the city.”

Another painting, Sunderland Harbour, which Carmichael painted in 1866, is owned by Sunderland Museum, while two other of his pictures – Marsden Rocks, Sunderland (1847) and Sunderland Old Pier and Lighthouse with Ryhope Church In The Distance (1840), are owned by the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle.

Other pictures by Carmichael are owned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Maritime Museum, and the British Museum, all in London. When Carmichael died, in Scarborough on May 2, 1868, at the age of 69, he left less than £1,0000. Since his death, the value of his work has steadily soared.