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    • WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (BRITISH 1881-1941), EARLY SUMMER
      Jul. 11, 2023

      WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (BRITISH 1881-1941), EARLY SUMMER

      Est: £2,000 - £3,000

      WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (BRITISH 1881-1941)EARLY SUMMEROil on canvasSigned, titled and dated 1940 (verso)134 x 109cm (52¾ x 42¾ in.)Provenance:Burlington Paintings, LondonSale, Auktionsverket, Stockholm, 24 November 1998, lot 1308

      Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
    • WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (BRITISH 1881-1941), LATE SUMMER
      Jul. 11, 2023

      WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (BRITISH 1881-1941), LATE SUMMER

      Est: £2,000 - £3,000

      WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (BRITISH 1881-1941)LATE SUMMEROil on canvasSigned with monogram and dated 1940 (lower left); further signed, titled and dated 1940 (verso) 134 x 109cm (52¾ x 42¾ in.)Provenance:Burlington Paintings, LondonSale, Auktionsverket, Stockholm, 24 November 1998, lot 1308

      Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) 'Jade and Black'
      Mar. 08, 2023

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) 'Jade and Black'

      Est: £3,000 - £5,000

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) 'Jade and Black' signed with initials and dated 'WBER: 1936:' (lower left) oil on canvas laid to board 211 x 98.5cm (83 x 38 3/4in).

      Bonhams
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) Summer in the park
      Mar. 09, 2022

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) Summer in the park

      Est: £1,200 - £1,800

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) Summer in the park signed with incised monogram and date '1915' (lower right) oil on canvas 66.1 x 71.5cm (26 x 28 1/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

      Bonhams
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941): La Galerie des Glaces
      Sep. 22, 2021

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941): La Galerie des Glaces

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Gouache and watercolor on paper, 1909, signed 'William Bruce Ellis Ranken' and dated lower left. 30 x 20 in. (sight), 34 x 25 in. (frame). An Artist's Life: The Collection of Henry Koehler

      Stair
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken, Tea Room, Stadtschloss, Potsdam
      Apr. 28, 2021

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken, Tea Room, Stadtschloss, Potsdam

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken Tea Room, Stadtschloss, Potsdam 1930 oil on board 21.625 h × 14.625 w in (55 × 37 cm) Signed to lower right 'Wm. Ranken'. Signed, titled and dated to verso 'Tea Room Stadtschloss, Potsdam W. Ranken 1930'. Provenance: Private Collection | Adelson Galleries, New York | Meredith Long & Company, Houston condition: Work is in good condition with light surface soiling overall. Inpainting visible to drying cracks throughout composition with two additional areas to lower right corner. Framed without glazing measuring 28 x 21 inches.

      Rago Arts and Auction Center
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken R.I., V.P.R.O.I., R.P. (1881-1941) Portrait of O
      Sep. 24, 2020

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken R.I., V.P.R.O.I., R.P. (1881-1941) Portrait of O

      Est: £3,000 - £5,000

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken R.I., V.P.R.O.I., R.P. (1881-1941) Portrait of Oliver Messel (1904-1978) aged seventeen signed and dated '1921' with monogram (lower right) pencil and watercolour, heightened with white on paper 19 x 14 in. (48.3 x 35.6 cm.) Executed in 1921., Portrait of Oliver Messel (1904-1978) aged seventeen

      Christie's
    • ? WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN, R.I., V.P.R.O.I., R.P. (1881-1941)
      Sep. 22, 2020

      ? WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN, R.I., V.P.R.O.I., R.P. (1881-1941)

      Est: £300 - £500

      ? WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN^ R.I.^ V.P.R.O.I.^ R.P. (1881-1941) A PORTRAIT OF LINLEY FRANCIS MESSEL (1899-1971) monogrammed & dated l.r. 1921 with original label to backboard watercolour & pastels 48.5 x 36.0 cm / 19 x 14 in Provenance: The artist~s studio until 1941 Janette Thesiger By whom given to Oliver Messel in 1946 This portrait was submitted to the Royal Society of Portrait Artists for exhibition in 1921^ along with another of Linley Messel~s sister^ Anne^ in the year before her Society Debut (Cat. No. 96) and one of his brother Oliver Messel (No.81). Linley Messel was the scion of the Anglo-German Messel banking dynasty. He commanded the Middlesex Yeomanry in WWII and worked in the family firm of L. Messel & Co. His brother was the celebrated costume designer and artist^ Oliver Messel. His sister Anne^ a famous Society figure^ was founder of the Victorian Society^ Countess of Rosse by her second marriage^ the 1st Earl of Snowdon~s mother by her first marriage to Ronald Armstrong-Jones^ as well as being a highly-regarded horticulturist. W.B.E. Ranken is known to have painted all three Messel siblings^ as well as their father Col. Leonard Messel O.B.E. He is also believed to have painted a further portrait of Anne Messel after her second marriage. Janette Thesiger (1877-1970) was a famous actress as well as Ranken~s sister^ and married the actor Ernest Thesiger. The latter worked together with Oliver Messel in a number of productions (including Anthony & Cleopatra^ 1945 and Under the Sycamore Tree^ 1952). We are grateful to Wendy and Gordon Hawksley^ of WilliamRanken.org.uk^ who have confirmed the authenticity of the work and assisted with its cataloguing.

      Olympia Auctions
    • WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (1881-1941) A Colonnade at Greenwich, signe
      Oct. 19, 2016

      WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (1881-1941) A Colonnade at Greenwich, signe

      Est: £300 - £400

      WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (1881-1941) A Colonnade at Greenwich, signed and dated 1913, watercolour, 52 x 76 cm. Exhibited: The Birmingham Exhibition 1936 (£100.00 to Lord Raglan).

      Mallams
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken 1881-1941 Scottish. 'Portrait of Mrs Kahn'. Watercolour. A fine portrait depicting the sitter at her writing desk bathed with light from a nearby window. Monogrammed lower left and dated 1928. Mounted, glazed and presented in a good giltwood frame. 62 x 48cm. Provenance: From the collection of the late Otto Kahn.
      Jun. 07, 2016

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken 1881-1941 Scottish. 'Portrait of Mrs Kahn'. Watercolour. A fine portrait depicting the sitter at her writing desk bathed with light from a nearby window. Monogrammed lower left and dated 1928. Mounted, glazed and presented in a good giltwood frame. 62 x 48cm. Provenance: From the collection of the late Otto Kahn.

      Est: £400 - £600

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken 1881-1941 Scottish. 'Portrait of Mrs Kahn'. Watercolour. A fine portrait depicting the sitter at her writing desk bathed with light from a nearby window. Monogrammed lower left and dated 1928. Mounted, glazed and presented in a good giltwood frame. 62 x 48cm. Provenance: From the collection of the late Otto Kahn.

      Chiswick Auctions
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) - Two ladies with a view of Dalswinton House, Dumfries in the distance
      Apr. 19, 2016

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) - Two ladies with a view of Dalswinton House, Dumfries in the distance

      Est: £300 - £400

      Watercolour Initialled and dated 1903 lower right 26 x 22 cm.(10 1/4 x 8 5/8 in) A study for the original oil was used on the cover of Studio Magazine in 1904 IMPORTANT: This lot is sold subject to Artists Resale Rights, details of which can be found in our Terms and Conditions. Please note: this watercolour is a preparatory study for the oil painting known as ‘In the Park’, which was exhibited at the Carfax Gallery, 1904 at his first one man exhibition under the title of ‘The Promenade’. The watercolour depicts Dalwinston House, Loch and the estate in the background. If you require any extensive information please contact the Dreweatts picture department.

      Dreweatts 1759
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) - Portrait of a lady
      Apr. 19, 2016

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) - Portrait of a lady

      Est: £800 - £1,000

      Oil on board 122 x 75 cm.(48 x 29 1/2 in) Provenance: Exhibited RA 1924, Liverpool 1924 and Oldham in 1925 IMPORTANT: This lot is sold subject to Artists Resale Rights, details of which can be found in our Terms and Conditions. Please note: the title should read ‘Girl with a Bird’. It was exhibited under this title at the RA in 1924, no.398. The label and pencil annotations on the reverse are by the hand of Ranken. If you require any extensive information please contact the Dreweatts picture department directly.

      Dreweatts 1759
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) - Thirty six figural studies and sketches
      Apr. 19, 2016

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) - Thirty six figural studies and sketches

      Est: £600 - £800

      Graphite and charcoal on laid paper Fourteen signed / annotated Largest approx 62 x 47.5cm (24 1/2 x 18 3/4in), smallest approx 47.5 x 34.5cm (18 3/4 x 13 5/8in). Unframed (36) IMPORTANT: This lot is sold subject to Artists Resale Rights, details of which can be found in our Terms and Conditions. Please note: Ranken attended the Slade School of Fine Art from 1899-1903 and these studies are therefore works he did in his first year at The Slade when studying under Henry Tonks. If you require any extensive information please contact the Dreweatts picture department directly.

      Dreweatts 1759
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) British.
      Sep. 24, 2014

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) British.

      Est: £100 - £200

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) British. Portrait of a Young Boy, Watercolour, Unframed, 23" x 16", and another three by the same artist (4).

      John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
    • W. B. E. Ranken (1881-1941) - Watercolour - "The
      Jun. 10, 2014

      W. B. E. Ranken (1881-1941) - Watercolour - "The

      Est: £200 - £300

      W. B. E. Ranken (1881-1941) - Watercolour - "The Drawing-Room at Warbrook", 30ins x 21.5ins, signed with initials and dated 1934, in gilt moulded frame and glazed Provenance: Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, 195 Piccadilly, London W1, Members back label giving title, artist's name and address and price of £100

      Canterbury Auction Galleries
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) British. "A
      Feb. 05, 2014

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) British. "A

      Est: £400 - £600

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) British. "A Dripping Fountain, Versailles", Watercolour, Signed, Inscribed on label verso, 11.75" x 12.25".

      John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
    • William Bruce E Ranken (1881-1941) RI Pen ink,
      Sep. 14, 2013

      William Bruce E Ranken (1881-1941) RI Pen ink,

      Est: £1,500 - £2,000

      William Bruce E Ranken (1881-1941) RI Pen ink, watercolour and gouache ' La Maison Carree, Nimes ' Signed dated '1914' lower left with monogram and bears Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours label verso with title and 'Ernest Alden ' label 30 x 21 7/8" Bears Edinburgh exhibition transporters label verso Comes via family member. (See previous lot for artist details.)

      Claydon Auctioneers
    • William Bruce E Ranken (1881-1941) RI Watercolour
      Sep. 14, 2013

      William Bruce E Ranken (1881-1941) RI Watercolour

      Est: £3,000 - £4,500

      William Bruce E Ranken (1881-1941) RI Watercolour Interior view of 'The Dining Room of 20 Portman Square' London, Showing the Robert Adam interior and large Pre-Renaissance Painting. Now Home House Private Members Club. Signed with monogram and dated ' 1913' lower right and bears Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours label verso with title and 'Ernest Alden ' label 30 x 21 7/8" From it's inception in 1922-1989, Home House( 20 Portman Sq.) was the initial home of the Courtauld Gallery. Comes via family member. William Bruce Ellis Ranken was born in Edinburgh in 1881 and was educated at Eton and The Slade School of Art under Henry Tonks. He had his first one man exhibition at the Carfax Gallery, London in 1904, a gallery much favoured by Sargent at that time. Moving in the circles of Edwardian aesthetes, it is known that he was well acquainted with Sargent by 1908 and Wilfred Gabriel de Glehh. By 1914 he was living at 14 Cheltenham Terrace, Chelsea, a couple of minutes' walk away from Sargent's studio. Unable to serve in the First World War due the effects of childhood polio, he a friend of Sargent, he went to America on a commission through Sargent. He had his first one man exhibition there in January 1916 at the Doll & Richards Gallery, Boston. Later that same year he had a one man exhibition at the Galleries of M Knoedler & Co in New York and by this time had had commissions by other prominent Americans such as the Vanderbilts, Whitneys and Havemeyers, probably due to introductions effected by Sargent. His paintings included members of the British Royal Family and aristocracy. Throughout his life he travelled widely, with France being a particularly favourite destination. He exhibited at virtually all the major Galleries and Societies in Great Britain and became a Member of The National Portrait Society, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, The Royal Society Portrait Painters and The Pastel Society. By 1921, thanks to his success in America, he had acquired Warbrook House at Eversley in Hampshire. He appears to have returned to America in the mid 1920's and had a one man exhibition of interiors at Wildenstein & Co., Inc. in New York in January 1931 and an exhibition of portraits at Knoedler & Co, New York in late 1933. Affected by the Depression, he returned to England, was forced to sell his beloved Warbrook and moved to the south wing of the nearby Farley Hill Place, another prominent English country house, the home of one of his sisters who had married into the family of the Earls of Elgin and Kincardine. Like Sargent, Ranken was unmarried. He died suddenly in London in 1941. In January 1943 his American patrons organised a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Ferargil Galleries in New York. Ranken had his portrait drawn by Sargent in about 1911. One of his paintings is on public display in Great Britain, his 'Olga Alberta, Baroness de Meyer' (painted in Venice in 1907) at Leeds City Art Gallery."

      Claydon Auctioneers
    • "L'Amoureux Myrtil (Chelsea figure)"
      Jun. 13, 2013

      "L'Amoureux Myrtil (Chelsea figure)"

      Est: CHF400 - CHF600

      WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN "L'Amoureux Myrtil (Chelsea figure)" Edinburgh 1881-1941 London Oben rechts undeutlich signiert und datiert "1907". Aquarell 39 5 x 23 cm gerahmt

      Galerie Fischer Auktionen AG
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941)
      Nov. 28, 2012

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941)

      Est: £500 - £700

      Portrait of Miss Agnes Ruth (Nancy) Finnie signed with monogram and dated 1937 (lower right); further signed and inscribed verso oil on canvas 95 x 70cm (37 3/8 x 27 9/16in). (unframed)

      Bonhams
    • WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (1881-1941) - Bust Portrait of A Boy.
      Jul. 26, 2012

      WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (1881-1941) - Bust Portrait of A Boy.

      Est: £200 - £300

      WILLIAM BRUCE ELLIS RANKEN (1881-1941) - Bust Portrait of A Boy. Watercolour and Charcoal. Unframed. 24" x 18" and 3 Others (4)

      John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
    • WILLIAM B.E. RANKEN (BRITISH 1881-1941). PAIR OF WATERCOLOR SKETCHES OF BRITISH CADETS.
      May. 26, 2012

      WILLIAM B.E. RANKEN (BRITISH 1881-1941). PAIR OF WATERCOLOR SKETCHES OF BRITISH CADETS.

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Each on paper, 24 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches, sight. Initialed "WBR" and dated 1913. Framed. (One illustrated)Provenance: The Parker Gallery, London.

      Bourgeault-Horan Antiquarians
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) Study of trees with a view of cottages in the distance
      Aug. 18, 2010

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) Study of trees with a view of cottages in the distance

      Est: -

      Study of trees with a view of cottages in the distance signed with monogram and dated '1904' (lower right), pencil and watercolour 38 x 38cm (15 x 15in).

      Bonhams
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) Landscape with haystacks
      Aug. 18, 2010

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) Landscape with haystacks

      Est: -

      Landscape with haystacks signed with monogram and dated '1934' (lower left), pencil and watercolour heightened with white 44 x 62.5cm (17 1/4 x 24 5/8in).

      Bonhams
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) Scottish town scenes, a set of two 45 x 67.5cm (17 11/16 x 26 9/16in) and 42 x 59.5cm (16 1/2 x 23 3/8in). (2)
      Aug. 18, 2010

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) Scottish town scenes, a set of two 45 x 67.5cm (17 11/16 x 26 9/16in) and 42 x 59.5cm (16 1/2 x 23 3/8in). (2)

      Est: -

      Scottish town scenes, a set of two one dated '1914', watercolour heightened with white 45 x 67.5cm (17 11/16 x 26 9/16in) and 42 x 59.5cm (16 1/2 x 23 3/8in). (2)

      Bonhams
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) The Roman Gardens at Nîmes
      Aug. 18, 2010

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) The Roman Gardens at Nîmes

      Est: -

      The Roman Gardens at Nîmes oil on canvas, unframed 81 x 117cm (31 7/8 x 46 1/16in).

      Bonhams
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) A Collonade
      Dec. 02, 2009

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) A Collonade

      Est: £300 - £500

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941) A Collonade at Greenwich Signed and dated 1913 Watercolour 54 x 75cm; 21¼ x 29½in Exhibited: Birmingham Exhibition 1936 Good condition

      Woolley & Wallis
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) Miss McKay and her Macaw
      Nov. 10, 2009

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (British, 1881-1941) Miss McKay and her Macaw

      Est: £200 - £300

      Miss McKay and her Macaw signed with initials and dated 1921, charcoal 62 x 44cm (24 7/16 x 17 5/16in).

      Bonhams
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (Scottish, 1881-1941)
      Jul. 21, 2009

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (Scottish, 1881-1941)

      Est: £1,000 - £1,500

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (Scottish, 1881-1941) Portrait of the character Eliza Doolittle from Pygmalion, seated half-length, a flower in her left hand signed with initials and dated 'WBER 1914' (lower right) oil on canvas 44¼ x 34¼ in. (112.4 x 87.1 cm.)

      Christie's
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (Scottish, 1881-1941)
      Apr. 21, 2009

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (Scottish, 1881-1941)

      Est: £2,000 - £3,000

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (Scottish, 1881-1941) Portrait of the character Eliza Doolittle from Pygmalion, seated half-length, a flower in her left hand signed with initials and dated 'WBER 1914' (lower right) oil on canvas 44¼ x 34¼ in. (112.4 x 87.1 cm.)

      Christie's
    • Attributed to William Bruce Ellis Ranken R.I.
      Oct. 08, 2008

      Attributed to William Bruce Ellis Ranken R.I.

      Est: £80 - £120

      Attributed to William Bruce Ellis Ranken R.I. (1881-1941) An elegant lady in an interior Watercolour 42 x 28cm; 16½ x 11in Good condition

      Woolley & Wallis
    • William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941)
      Sep. 06, 2001

      William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881-1941)

      Est: $1,160 - $1,740

      Salon de la Paix, Versailles signed with initials and dated 'W.B.E.R 1927' (lower right), signed again and inscribed 'Salon de la Paix/Versailles/W. Ranken' (on the reverse) oil on board 30 x 21in. (76.2 x 53.3cm.) PROVENANCE Mr and Mrs Ellis Miller.

      Christie's
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