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    • Dorothy Johnstone,   Portrait of a lady seated, 1957; 
      Nov. 29, 2023

      Dorothy Johnstone,   Portrait of a lady seated, 1957; 

      Est: £800 - £1,200

      Dorothy Johnstone,   Scottish 1892–1980 -  Portrait of a lady seated, 1957;  oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left 'Dorothy Johnstone 1957', 82.5 x 58 cm (ARR)   Provenance: The Property of the Late Reverend John Watson (1939-2019) Note:  Johnstone and her friend Cecile Walton came to prominence in Scotland during the inter-war period for their elegant and refined portraits that defined the style of the era. Her work was an important part of the show 'Modern Scottish Women: Painters & Sculptors 1885-1965' at the National Galleries of Scotland. Her works are now in public collections including The Fleming Collection, City Art Centre, Edinburgh and Aberdeen Art Gallery. 

      Roseberys
    • § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) THE BLACK HAT
      Jun. 16, 2022

      § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) THE BLACK HAT

      Est: £6,000 - £8,000

      § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) THE BLACK HAT Signed and dated 1913, oil on canvas (67cm x 75cm (26.25in x 29.5in)) This is a rare and significant work by Dorothy Johnstone. Having been one of the first students at the newly-established Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), Johnstone began exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) in 1912, followed by the Royal Glasgow Institute in 1913 and at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1915. She focussed on figure painting, often on a sizeable scale and with sitters presented against a muted, plain background. In recognition of her readily-achieved professional standing and due to the mobilisation of male staff following the outbreak of World War One, Johnstone began teaching at ECA in 1914. The studio facilities she enjoyed there, plus the stimulus provided by her students meant that her work developed apace. She spent most summers between 1915 and 1924 in Kirkcudbright, often staying in one of Jessie M. King's cottages, and became a key figure in the town's art circles. Meanwhile, in 1919 Johnstone joined the re-convened exhibiting society, the Edinburgh Group, whose members included Cecile Walton, Eric Robertson and David Macbeth Sutherland. A joint exhibition with Walton in 1924 led to the artists being described as 'two brilliant daughters of Scotland' (Jessica Walker Stephens, 'Cecile Walton and Dorothy Johnstone', The Studio, Vol. 79, 1924, p. 80 quoted in ed. Alice Strang, Modern Scottish Women: Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2015, p. 60). However, Johnstone's wedding to her ECA colleague Sutherland that year meant she had to resign her from her job, as the 'Marriage Bar' legislation prevented married women from holding full-time teaching positions. With the birth of her children and her husband's appointment as Head of Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, Johnstone's career lost momentum. She continued to paint as domestic responsibilites permitted and was elected an Associate Member of the RSA in 1962. Her death in 1980 was marked by a Memorial Exhibition mounted at Aberdeen Art Gallery in 1983.

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) FLOWERS IN AN ITALIAN JAR
      Feb. 09, 2022

      § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) FLOWERS IN AN ITALIAN JAR

      Est: £500 - £700

      § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) FLOWERS IN AN ITALIAN JAR Signed and dated 'Nov 1977,' inscribed verso, oil on canvas (60cm x 45cm (23.5in x 17.75in)) Exhibited: Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, 1978

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) WASH DAY
      Jan. 20, 2021

      § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) WASH DAY

      Est: £1,000 - £1,500

      § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) WASH DAY Oil on canvas (105cm x 71cm (41.25in x 28in))

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • [§] DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) A CAITHNESS CHILD 38cm x 30.5cm (15in x 12in)
      Mar. 14, 2018

      [§] DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) A CAITHNESS CHILD 38cm x 30.5cm (15in x 12in)

      Est: £600 - £800

      [§] DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) A CAITHNESS CHILD Signed, oil on canvas 38cm x 30.5cm (15in x 12in)

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • [§] DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) STILL LIFE WITH FOXGLOVES 41cm x 33cm (16in x 13in)
      Oct. 25, 2017

      [§] DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) STILL LIFE WITH FOXGLOVES 41cm x 33cm (16in x 13in)

      Est: £400 - £600

      [§] DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) STILL LIFE WITH FOXGLOVES signed and dated 1936, oil on board 41cm x 33cm (16in x 13in)

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE (BRITISH 1892-1980) PORTRAIT OF A SOLDIER 49.5cm x 39.5cm (19.5in x 15.5in)
      Nov. 12, 2015

      § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE (BRITISH 1892-1980) PORTRAIT OF A SOLDIER 49.5cm x 39.5cm (19.5in x 15.5in)

      Est: £400 - £600

      § DOROTHY JOHNSTONE (BRITISH 1892-1980) PORTRAIT OF A SOLDIER Signed and dated 1916, indistinctly inscribed 'To . . .,' oil on canvas laid on board 49.5cm x 39.5cm (19.5in x 15.5in)

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • Artwork by : Dorothy Johnston (Scottish 1892-1980)
      Jun. 15, 2011

      Artwork by : Dorothy Johnston (Scottish 1892-1980)

      Est: £400 - £600

      Artwork by : Dorothy Johnston (Scottish 1892-1980)

      Woolley & Wallis
    • Dorothy Johnstone (British, 1892-1980) A Farm and Lochan
      Feb. 22, 2011

      Dorothy Johnstone (British, 1892-1980) A Farm and Lochan

      Est: £200 - £300

      A Farm and Lochan signed and indistinctly dated 1923 watercolour 24.5 x 31cm (9 5/8 x 12 3/16in). together with a watercolour of a spanish girl, signed M Lowndes-Morton and dated 1893, plus another, an acyrlic, The Milkwort Churn by Neil Simone (3)

      Bonhams
    • DOROTHY JOHNSTONE (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) GIRL IN A PINK AND WHITE STRIPED DRESS 44cm x 39cm (17.25in x 15.25in)
      Feb. 12, 2009

      DOROTHY JOHNSTONE (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) GIRL IN A PINK AND WHITE STRIPED DRESS 44cm x 39cm (17.25in x 15.25in)

      Est: £500 - £700

      DOROTHY JOHNSTONE (SCOTTISH 1892-1980) GIRL IN A PINK AND WHITE STRIPED DRESS Signed, oil on canvas 44cm x 39cm (17.25in x 15.25in)

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (1892-1980) A STILL LIFE OF SPRING FLOWERS 41cm x 33cm (16in x13in)
      May. 24, 2007

      DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (1892-1980) A STILL LIFE OF SPRING FLOWERS 41cm x 33cm (16in x13in)

      Est: £500 - £700

      DOROTHY JOHNSTONE A.R.S.A (1892-1980) A STILL LIFE OF SPRING FLOWERS Signed and dated 1953, oil on board 41cm x 33cm (16in x13in)

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • Dorothy Johnstone (1892-1980)
      Mar. 15, 2006

      Dorothy Johnstone (1892-1980)

      Est: £4,000 - £6,000

      Lorna and Wang signed 'Dorothy Johnstone' (lower right) oil on canvas 60 x 40 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm.)

      Christie's
    • Dorothy Johnstone (1892-1980)
      Mar. 13, 2005

      Dorothy Johnstone (1892-1980)

      Est: £400 - £600

      D.M.S. and Anne, in memory of the artist's wife signed with initials and inscribed 'DMS & Anne/in memory of artist'd wife/D.J.' (lower right) charcoal, watercolour and bodycolour on buff paper 9 1/8 x 12 1/4 in. (23.2 x 31.1 cm.)

      Christie's
    • Dorothy Johnstone, A.R.S.A. (1892-1980)
      Mar. 07, 2002

      Dorothy Johnstone, A.R.S.A. (1892-1980)

      Est: $710 - $994

      Landscape with farmhouse oil on canvas 12 x 11 in. (30.5 x 28 cm.) Painted circa 1938 EXHIBITION Aberdeen Art Gallery.

      Christie's
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