One of the largest single
collections of original and signed Weatherill paintings and a 200-year-old book chronicling the voyages of Captain Cook are to go under the hammer in Whitby.
It represents a unique treasure of Whitby’s heritage and is expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds.
The lot at the Richardson & Smith West Cliff saleroom on Thursday includes 30 Weatherill family paintings – 26 by George Weatherill himself. It features scenes such as ‘Whitby by Moonlight’ and ‘Tate Hill Sands’ – and extensive Whitby harbour views.
Other items include:
l 19th century etchings by maritime artist William Wyllie
l rare examples from Joseph Alfred Terry, of the Staithes School of Artists
lseabirds by Scottish artist Archibald Thorburn
l an ivory chess set, Georgian silver cutlery, 19th century ivory knives, and snuff cases are also to be sold.
A number of other items such as a book dating back to 1793, which is a complete chronicle of Cook’s four voyages, and sought-after stamps from the British Empire and Commonwealth will be released at a second sale on June 2.
Robert Smith said: “This is the first time I have had a two day sale for such a long time.
“You get a real sense of history when you are handling this sort of stuff. Usually this would be auctioned in London but I am so pleased it is here.
“The book is a premium document and we have got two, the second happened by coincidence when I was chatting at a farm. In terms of value it should be around £3,000. One is rare enough but to have two in one sale.”
The vendor is a local man who lived in Aislaby with long standing Whitby connections. He is thought to have known the Weatherill family.
He himself may have had naval links which is where the ivory and silver items would have come from and was also a keen and competent photographer in an around Northumberland and the Lake District and hundreds of these images are in the sale.
Mr Smith added: “It is exciting but sad as well. Quite often you get these scenarios and sales like this because there are no beneficiaries.
“This is where I take my auctioneer hat off and now I am the custodian and guardian of all of this and I want it to do well as well.”