December 04, 2021 09:00 AM EST Asheville, North Carolina


James McBey London Studio Collection

(Scottish, 1883-1959)

comprising: oak adjustable artist's easel; glass inkwell; ink bottle; Chambre Claire Universelle camera lucida in fitted case; a set of German drafting tools in case; Lab Lagny pottery jar with two paintbrushes, three pencils, seven calligraphy dip pens, five fountain pens, three Chinese calligraphy brushes, 9 karat gold penknife by JC Vickery, London, monogrammed "J.C."; nine photographs of McBey's studios in London and Morocco by John Dickson, May 1999 (10 x 8 in.); attributed pencil sketch of faces, dated "1.3.1930", (16 x 17-1/2 in.); pen and ink sketch of man on tractor, pencil rendering to verso, dated "Oct 1954", (12 x 18 in.); 18 pen and ink sketches of Florence, Capri, and Naples, September 1953 (8-1/2 x 6 in.); five pen and ink drawings, attributed to McBey (sheet 15 x 10-1/4 in.); exhibition posters; photos of artist, including negative; (three etchings) "The Thames Barge Race: The Sarah Winning",  (H. 273) XVI, XIX, and XXIX, signed lower right "James McBey", etching, (6-3/8 x 12-3/8 in.); six-page transcript of an interview with James McBey and Edward F. Balloch discussing his life as a young man and artist; two 19th century lithographs by Honore Daumier for Charivari; facsimile of engraving after Jan Van Der Straet; hand colored engraving after Marcellus Laroon II; Wharton Esherick (American, 1887-1970) prospectus for book of woodblock prints; Julius Bloch (German, 1888-1966) Midsummer's Night, 10/30, signed "Julius Bloch", lithograph (9-1/8 x 13-1/2 in.); lithograph of a figure, signed indistinctly; two floral paintings, one on unstretched canvas by James McBey; wood portfolio 5 x 30-1/2 x 25-1/2 in.   

Note: Accompanied by a scan of the real estate listing brochure for the McBey residence at 1 Holland Park Avenue, London, showing the easel, artist's box and brushes in the artist's studio.

Provenance:Estate of the Artists James McBey and Marguerite McBey, London, England; by descent in family


collection with wear consistent with age and use; paper with wear to edges, scattered small tears and stains throughout, some folded, expected handling wear; easel with paint splatter, surface dirt, edge wear and bumps; wood portfolio box with wear, bumps, chips, scratches and separations throughout, drafting set lacking one tool

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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