At a meeting of The Executive on November 1, 2010, members agreed to proceed with the disposal of selected works from the museum’s collection.
The purpose of the sale is to facilitate the relocation of the museum’s storage facility from Bolton Enterprise Centre, in the former Lincoln Mill, to new premises. This facility is no longer suitable for our needs.
The new storage facility is proposed for a building on the outskirts of the town centre and the intention is to make it accessible to students and other interested parties for educational purposes.
Initially, the proposal was for 41 items to be sold and the intention was to exclude those from current exhibitions and items from the core collections: Egyptology, post-war 20th Century British art and items which document Bolton’s history.
We also stipulated that none of the items proposed for sale were to have been donated to the council or bought using grants and other external funding.
After much consideration, and with input from interested auction houses, we can now confirm that a total of 36 items have been agreed for auction with a view to holding sales in the summer.
The 36 items include a range of oils and works on paper.
Two significant paintings going to auction are Robert Gemmell Hutchison’s Sea Gulls and Sapphire Seas and The Somnambulist by John Evert Millais.
Both paintings are on display in the museum’s art gallery but fall outside our core collection and are wholly owned by Bolton Council.
Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: "We hope that the sale of the selected works of art will enable us to create a new and modern storage facility which will help to suitably maintain the remainder of our art stock, and provide learning opportunities, for a long time to come.”
The 36 items to go on sale are:
• Alfred Heaton Cooper, Corrie Village, Arran
• Gaspard Dughet, Classical Landscape
• James Wallace, Waiting for the Tide
• Alf Oliver, The Valley of the Llugwy
• George Smith, The Rivals
• E.Matthew Hale, Women Stealers
• Robert Gemmell Hutchison, Sea Gulls and Sapphire Seas
• Edward Wilkins Waite, An Autumn Moonrise
• Charles Napier Hemy, The Old Barge, Limehouse
• George Faulkener Wetherbee, Land of Romance
• Richard Ansdell, Buzzard and Ptarmigan
• William Powell Frith, A Dream of the Future
• Richard Jack, The Apple
• John Berney Ladbrooke, A Norfolk Landscape
• William Mark Fisher, Hatfield Heath
• 18th Century French School, The Finding of Oedipus
• Arthur Ambrose McEvoy, Madame Errasuriz
• Walter Richard Sickert, Pauline de Talleyrand-Perigord
• Philip Wilson Steer, The Falls at Aysgarth near Richmond
• John Evert Millais, The Somnambulist
• George Romney, King Lear
• Robert Hills, Fallow Deer
• Joshua Cristall, Cottages Near Symonds Yat
• James Duffield Harding, Procession of the Feast of Corpus Christi
• August Charles Pugin, The Yellow Drawing Room, The Royal Pavillion, Brighton
• John W. Abbott, Near Chudleigh
• Albert Goodwin, Hastings
• George Arthur Fripp, Caerphilly Castle
• John Varley, Mountain Scene in North Wales
• John Varley, Lake Scene with Mountains
• Frederick Leighton, Portrait of Mary Sartoris
• Edward Burne-Jones, A Study of Danae and the Brazen Tower
• Charles Ginner, English Landscape
• James Holland, Glen Affric, Inverness-shire
• Pablo Picasso, Peintre et modele (etching)
• Pablo Picasso, Le Picador (lithograph)