An oil painting by iconic North artist LS Lowry will be auctioned off at Tennants in Leyburn next month.
Experts say People in a Park is a typical example of the figure pictures Lowry painted during the latter part of his career.
It is on offer with an estimate of £60,000-90,000, plus buyer’s premium.
The painting, which has never been seen on the open market, is signed and dated 1971 and comes with provenance from John Fletcher of Oldham, who gifted the painting to his housekeeper.
The auctioneers say the small painting encapsulates Lowry’s ability to capture the essence of everyday life in the industrial North.
They add: “Industrial buildings and church spires loom large over the margins of the park, providing a backdrop to the vast open tract of land, dotted with figures receding into the distance.
“But it is the vibrant and dynamic group of figures in the foreground that provide the focus of the composition; men and women, teens, children and dogs mingle and move in front of us, demonstrating Lowry’s inimitable skill in capturing a snapshot of life in the bustling industrial North.
“Lowry’s distinctive but limited colour palette used on a flake white ground is in evidence, too.”
On offer in the same modern and contemporary art sale on March 6 is a work by Brian ‘Braaq’ Shields, one of the most successful of the artists inspired by Lowry and his ‘matchstick’ men.
Fete Day was painted in 1975 and is on offer with an estimate of £7,000-10,000.
A limited edition screenprint from 2007 by Banksy will also be featured in the sale.
Trolleys depicts early man hunting supermarket trolleys with spears on a grassy plain, which is described as a “scathing comment on modern man’s inability to provide for himself”.
The print has a guide estimate of between £40,000 and £60,000.
An illustrated catalogue will be available at www.tennants.co.uk leading up to the sale, and remote bidding is available.