The works of a Preston artist will go under the hammer this month at a Lancashire auction house.
A large collection of watercolours by Edwin Beattie, famous for his scenes of Preston and the surrounding area, will come up for sale and are expected to fetch hundreds of pounds each.
The works are taken from the collection of a single owner, previously exhibited in the Harris Museum, and date from the 1890s to early 1900s.
Paintings included in the October sale include the Gateway to the Old Cockpit, the remains of the Obelisk in Preston market place, three scenes of the Shambles, Lark Hill Convent, the Starch Houses in the Inner Court, the Grey Horse and old Post Office, as well as views of Stoneygate, New Street and Lord Street.
The works will come under the hammer as part of two special sales on October 31 and December 12 at Silverwoods Auction House in Clitheroe.
Beattie painted many scenes of Preston and other parts of the North West and worked for a number of years as an illustrator for the Preston Guardian.
Many of his pictures feature the city’s inns and public houses of the time, and a number of these will be sold on October 31. The pictures are estimated to sell for between £100 and £500.
Silverwoods auctioneer Wilf Mould said: “These, we feel, are very conservative estimates as we anticipate a great deal of local interest.
“We sold a Beattie of Preston Marketplace for £1,100 last year and got excellent prices for scenes of Fishergate and the Shambles as well.
“Not so long ago pictures by Beattie were, at best, selling for around £100 so it’s good to see a local artist’s work being better appreciated in the market.”