Capel Soar painting could fetch £30,000 at auction

The landscape of Capel Soar in Gwynedd by Sir Kyffin Williams is expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000 when it is sold later this month.

Capel Soar painting could fetch £30,000 at auction

A painting by Wales’s most influential artist of the 20th century is to go under the hammer.

The landscape of Capel Soar in Gwynedd by Sir Kyffin Williams is expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000 when it is sold later this month.

It is being sold alongside an illustrated letter from the artist saying he had eaten too many peppermint sweets and would not be picked to play rugby for Wales.

A letter written by the artist to the family selling the painting is also being sold (Parker Fine Art Auctions/PA).
A letter written by the artist to the family selling the painting is also being sold (Parker Fine Art Auctions/PA)

Sir Kyffin wrote: “Dear Ann, Your present of the most delectable sweet-meats was vastly appreciated by the greedy recipient.

“But alas it has its disadvantages since after consuming them I will certainly be unfit for selection to the Welsh team to play England at the National Stadium in January.

“My natural sylph-like figure will be in some disarray and I fear I shall be dropped. But by God it will be worth it.

“Many thanks. Very best wishes to all Kyffin.”

Sir Kyffin, who was born in Anglesey and died in 2006, was well known for his iconic landscapes, which were scraped in thick oil with his trademark pallet knife.

The oil on canvas, which measures 50cm x 111cm, is signed with initials and inscribed on the reverse.

In the letter Sir Kyffin thanks the family for the homemade peppermint sweets and jokes after eating them all he will be too fat to play rugby for Wales (Parker Fine Art Auctions/PA).
In the letter Sir Kyffin thanks the family for the homemade peppermint sweets and jokes after eating them all he will be too fat to play rugby for Wales (Parker Fine Art Auctions/PA)

It will be sold on May 13 at Parker Fine Art Auctions in Farnham, Surrey.

Henny Smith, director of Parker Fine Art Auctions, said: “This is not just a superb example of Kyffin Williams’ work in typical limited palette and thick impasto, but the lot also includes a charming illustrated letter from him.

“The illustrations show him ‘Before’ as a fit, sporty rugby player standing to attention with the ball tucked under his arm, and ‘After’ as a bedraggled pot-bellied player who has dropped the ball.”

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