A selection of artworks by the Scottish artist Joan Eardley will be offered in the sale. The Eardley pieces include drawings, sketches and paintings which represent key subjects and techniques within Eardley's oeuvre. Lyon & Turnbull's Charlotte Riordan, Head of Contemporary Art and a Scottish Paintings specialist, delves into Eardley's urban and rural subjects.

Eardley concentrated on the east of Glasgow, which during her lifetime was going through an extensive regeneration. She noted the community that was fast disappearing as the area was re-developing.


Eardley's Townhead attic studio has been demolished. The studio has a stove, cooker, workbench and a sink only, it was in this basic studio that she created her works of local street children.


She also painted the older members of the town. This work features a dark-haired woman working with fabrics, and is believed to perhaps be from the period when she travelled to Italy and France and won the Carnegie scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy in 1948.

In 1950, Eardley visited the village of Catterline in north east Scotland. Here she was fascinated by the sea and cliff-tops and for the rest of her life spent time both here and in Glasgow. Her works produced at Catterline capture the raw beauty of the north-east coastline.

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