An unwanted gift

A print, which was given by the artist to the owner as a little girl in 1940 during the early days of World War II is being sold by Charterhouse as she has never liked it and is estimated to sell for £1,500.

“Although she has owned the picture for just shy of 80 years, she has decided it is time to sell it and let someone else enjoy the etching as she confessed to me she never actually liked it!” Commented Richard Bromell.

The artist proof etching is of Le Pont Royal, Paris by Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson. Known as Richard, he was an etcher, lithographer, painted landscapes and one of the most famous war artists from World War I.

Born in Hampstead in 1889 he was the only son of the war correspondent and journalist Henry Nevinson and the suffrage campaigner and writer Margaret Nevinson. He studied at the Slade School of Art alongside Stanley Spencer and was appointed an official war artist by the Department of Information in 1917.

As an official war artist he visited the Western Front and witnessed the start of the battle of Passchendaele. He was deeply affected by the horrors of war which he saw and these would stay with him throughout his life.

The owner of the etching was living in Hampstead in 1940 where she would often see Nevinson as he was a neighbour. One day, he simply gave her the etching as a gift. Possibly as a young girl she might have preferred a doll or game but either way whilst she later on appreciated the sentiment of the gift, she never really liked the picture, and was pleased to hear Charterhouse estimated the etching at £1,000-1,500.

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for their busy auction programme with pictures, Beswick and automobilia in January followed specialist classic & vintage motorcycle and car auctions in February.

For further information regarding these specialist auctions, or to arrange a home visit, contact Richard Bromell and the team of experts at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email

An unwanted gift – the Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson etching £1,000-1,500 at the Charterhouse two day 9th & 10th January auction.