Worldwide interest for Old Bolingbroke

Under the hammer - the Haddelsey painting of Old Bolingbroke
Under the hammer - the Haddelsey painting of Old Bolingbroke
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A painting of Old Bolingbroke by a well-known Lincolnshire artist is expected to attract worldwide interest at an auction next month.

The late Vincent Haddelsey’s work - called ‘Village of Old Bolingbroke’ is valued between £800 and £1,200.

It is one of four original paintings by Haddelsey in the auction alongside 11 other artist signed prints - including one of Tattershall Castle.

They all feature in the 150th Anniversary Auction at the Lincoln Auction Rooms of Golding Young and Mawer.

Auctioneer William Gregory said: “Vincent Haddelsey is one of Lincolnshire’s important 20th century artists.

“He travelled the world in pursuit of his subject matter but never broke ties to Lincolnshire and many of his best works focus on scenes of horses at work and play in the county.

“Whilst prints by Haddelsey often appear in the auction rooms, it is rare to have four original works in the same sale and we are sure the paintings will attract a lot of interest from collectors worldwide.”

Apart from Old Bolingbroke, the other original paintings are ‘Polo Match’ which has an estimate of between £1,200 and £1,800, ‘West Virginia’ and ‘The Hunt’.

Among the prints are subject matters such as Mexican Riders, Canadian Rodeo, French Hunt, The Hunt over the Fields, Ampleforth 1985 and Tattershall Castle.

Born in Grimsby in 1934, Haddelsey lived at Canwick, near Lincoln, as a child, and enjoyed riding with the Blankney Hunt and being on foot with the Cranwell Beagles.

During his early career, his work was sold at a gallery on Lincoln’s Steep Hill and some of his paintings featured Lincolnshire scenes, including ‘The Blankney at Canwick Hall’ and ‘Polo Match at Belvoir Castle’.

Haddelsey was a self taught artist who acquired a love of horses at a very young age and he travelled the worked in pursuit of the subject matter.

He studied horses and landscapes in Mongolia, China and India, participated in the rodeo in Mexico, rose with hounds in Europe and show jumped in England.

Preferring to be known as an ‘equestrian painter’ rather than an artist, he exhibited widely. He died in 2010.