A painting by Hastings marine artist Louis Dodd is set to make around £5,000 when it goes under the hammer next week at Knightsbridge auctioneers Bonhams.
The signed oil on panel painting, entitled ‘The American frigate Potomac attacking Malay pirates at their settlement of Kuala Batu, Sumatra 1832’, is one of dozens of paintings that the late Louis Dodd (1943-2006) painted in his lifetime whilst living and working in Hastings.
The small painting, which measures approximately 54.5cm (21.5”) by 80cm (31.5”), has been placed in the expert hands of prestigious auctioneers Bonhams to be sold at ‘The Marine Sale’ on Wednesday April 15, with a guide price of £4,000-£6000.
Born in Hastings in 1943 Louis attended the Hastings School of Art (later returning as a teacher) and the Goldsmith School of Art where he met his wife Barbara. Married for 43 years they had two children, Juliette and Laurence.
Louis became a full-time painter at the age of 36.
Juliette said her father had a life-long passion for the sea, particularly events around the American war of Independence and his works are popular with collectors in the USA. She said: “From a very young age he loved pirates and Treasure Island was his favourite film. Most of his paintings are based around 1760-1860. He just loved that era.”
Juliette, who, along with her mum Barbara have made names for themselves as local artists whilst brother Laurence’s artistic talents are as a computer animator, says it’s not easy to part with her father’s treasured paintings. “Anyone who’s lost a loved one will know it’s hard to part with their belongings but it’s time to start letting go. It would be very sad if his life’s work doesn’t go anywhere.
“We want the painting to go to someone who will appreciate it and get some joy out of it.”
Three of Louis’ largest paintings had been displayed in boardrooms of the Twin Towers and the painting to be sold at Bonhams will also be illustrated in Captain Andrew Jampoler’s book on American naval history ‘Embassy of the Eastern Courts’ set to be published later this year buy the Naval Institute Press, Maryland, USA.
Louis’ wife Barbara says though it will be interesting to see what her late husband’s painting sells for, adding: “We’re not so much bothered about the money, his paintings are so wonderful and we just want the publicity for Louis. He was very, very dedicated and painted every day. It’s his legacy that’s important.”
A spokesman for Bonhans said: “This is a beautifully painted and evocative work by a very talented marine artist and we are very pleased to be able to offer it in our sale.”