Robert Gemmell Hutchinson Oil, ca. 1885
It was purchased in Scotland by my brother while he was serving in World War II. And then he gave it to me as a gift, which I'm very grateful for.
Yes, that is a very nice gift to have. I was interested to see it, because I... you can probably tell from the accent, I'm from Scotland. And this artist is actually from my old town of Edinburgh, Robert Gemmell Hutchison. I was intrigued to see the label on the back here. 90 George Street, Edinburgh. I started off my career just a few doors along from where they used to be, so it was nice to see this today. This is an example of Gemmell Hutchison's early work. He was very influenced by the Dutch school, in particular the Hague school. And some of the early ones are fairly dark. And this is typical work of that period. The later ones tend to be more impressionistic, and often it's children playing on the beach. And they tend to be, on the market, a little bit more popular, but there'd certainly be demand for this one. I would say this comfortably ought to make $8,000 to $12,000. GUEST (gasps): Good grief!
You were surprised.
Fantastic! We're going back to Scotland.
That's dollars, not pounds, remember. But no, he's a very popular artist. He sells very well.
Could we give you a kiss? APPRAISER (laughs): I'd be delighted.
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