Dunnett Newsletter 14th March 2002 – Paintings

Hello Everyone

Firstly a big thanks to everyone who has written to me after the last newsletter, offering badly needed encouragement and good wishes following my redundancy from Thins. I’ve been very busy trying to get myself sorted out and get on training courses and interviews, as well as replying to enquiries about the books in the Colinton Road house, so I haven’t been able to reply to more a than a handful of them. I’ll try and get round more of them when time allows but if it proves too much then please accept my thanks for them here. The good news is that I’ve secured a work placement with a web search engine company, starting Monday, and if things go well I’m likely to be offered a job by them – so fingers crossed.


This is the promised list of the paintings by Dorothy that are being auctioned in a few days time. Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a
website and the sale is at the beginning of next week so it’s impossible to get hold of images of the paintings in time to show them on my site.
Thus anyone who can’t get to the showings or auctions in person would be bidding blind. I’m told that the estimates on all these items are UKP 50 – UKP 100 – many are unstretched with the remainder being unframed. A Buyers Premium of 15% including VAT is payable on the hammer price.

This is the Press release and list of paintings



Scottish auctioneers Thomson Roddick & Medcalf will be holding their second sale of pictures and sculptures by some of Scotland’s best known ‘modern masters’ on Tuesday 19 March 2002. The “Good Paintings – 18th Century t o Contemporary” sale will be held at the Royal Scots Club, 31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh.

Of particular interest in the sale is a selection of portrait sketches and paintings by the late Lady Dorothy Dunnett, the highly acclaimed novelist
and wife of the Sir Alastair Dunnett, Editor of the Daily Record (1946-55) and of the Scotsman (1956-1972). Lady Dunnett recently died at the end of last year aged 78. The portraits are to be auctioned on behalf of Lady Dunnett’s family.

With a formidable reputation as a novelist, from 1950 Lady Dunnett pursued a parallel career as a professional portrait painter. Lady Dunnett studied at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Schools of Art, and also became a member of the Scottish Society of Women Artists. On a regular basis she exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, alongside having various portraits commissioned by a number of prominent public figures in Scotland.

Mark Medcalf of Thomson Roddick & Medcalf commented “Due to the international success of Lady Dorothy Dunnett we expect substantial
interest in the auction from collectors at home and abroad. The portraits are finely cra fted and natural representations of their subjects”.

Viewing will be held from Sunday 17 March through to the morning of the sale. For more information or to request a colour catalogue for the
Thomson Roddick & Medcalf auction at the Royal Scots Club on Tuesday 19 March 200 2, contact Mark Medcalf on tel: 0131 220 6680 t.rm@virgin.net

Portrait of a Lady, half length wearing a grey dress Oil on card 76 x 53cm Unframed Also studio model seated and man wearing a cap Oil on canvas 66 x 51cm (2)

Woman in purple seated, 3/4 length Oil on canvas 76 x 63cm and another portrait of a seated woman oil on canvas 61 x 45cm (2)

The Nude Model Oil on canvas 65 x 66cm also Lady in Green 51 x 36cm (2)

Seated Man Oil on canvas 61 x 51cm also another portrait, bust length of a woman (2)

Lady in an evening dress with beaded shoulders Oil on canvas 90 x 61cm

Portrait of a lady wearing a lilac sweater Oil on canvas 50 x 40cm and another of a young man bust length 60 x 50cm, (unstretched) (illustrated)
Still life of African masks with Chrysanthemum and silver dish 25 x 17cm

Portrait of a seated lady with embroidered cardigan Full Length, 61 x 45cm Half Length portrait of Lady with Red Dress and Fur Coat 61 x 45cm and Unfinished canvas (3)

Full length nude study of a woman 76 x 63.5cm and another two (3)

Full length nude study of a man with a stick 76 x 51cm Nude study of a reclining lady 63 x 76cm and another 76 x 63.5cm (3)

Portrait of a young girl wearing a red dress Oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm Another of a Woman in blue suit also 3 Portrait sketches of a
man 58 x 45cm (all unstretched) (5)

Portrait of an elegant lady wearing a pearl choker Oil on canvas 60 x 50cm Half length portrait of a young man 75 x 70cm and another
oil portrait, half length, of a man 60 x 45cm (all unstretched) (3)

Capriccio of a landscape with a guitar Oil on canvas (unstretched) 275 x 220cm (damages) (illustrated)


best wishes to you all


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