‘Rare’ Lewes Castle painting will be auctioned off at Cheffins Brighton News

The first watercolors are expected to be auctioned off at Cheffins Auction House in Cambridge from September 29-30.

The painting is believed to date from 1770.

The artwork depicts Lewes Castle from the north, with the spire of St. Michael’s Church visible to the right.

It was painted by a disciple of Paul Sandby, a founding member of the Royal Academy and known as the father of English watercolor.

The painting has an estimated retail price of £ 600- £ 800 and will be sold as part of The Fine Sale at Cheffins later this month.

Patricia Durdikova, of Cheffins Auction House, said the artwork was a “rare” find.

“This rare and ancient representation of Lewes Castle has been held in the private collection of a country house in Suffolk,” she said.

“It shows the area around the castle and possibly Castle Lane before the development of houses and surrounding streets providing a window to the Lewes landscape during the period.

“The first English watercolors of these subjects can be hard to find and we hope this image will be of interest to collectors as well as local Lewes residents. ”

Originally called Bray Castle, Lewes Castle was built at the end of the 11th century by William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey.

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