Twickenham art lovers dig deep into pockets


One work sold for more than £3,000 at a Twickenham art auction last week.


By Jasmin Leitner

Art lovers dug deep into their pockets at a Twickenham art auction last week, with one work selling for more than £3,000.

`Butterflies` by Royal Academician Mary Fedden OBE RA was among 49 items in the catalogue and at £3,400, was the highest selling item of the night.

The auction took place on Thursday 10th November at York House, Twickenham, and was held by the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames, a landscape and buildings conservation charity working across Richmond and other parts of London.

The auction featured works by a diverse group of contributors including professional artists and anonymous art students, Environment Trustees, as well as the presiding auctioneer.

“The Art Auction raised over £11,500 for the Trust, which was an excellent result given the current grim economic climate,” said Jenny Pearce, Chair of the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames.

“We were also very pleased with the sums bid for local artists’ work.”

The lowest winning bid was £50 while other pieces fetched between £200 and £400, including the original illustration for a poster of Sir David Attenborough which was signed by the man himself.

Local artist Alexandra Robb’s piece, Winter Owl, sold for £220.

“I have been a long-time supporter of the great work of The Environment Trust for Richmond,” she said.

 “I was happy to donate my lino print of the winter owl, which expressed my own love of the natural world and the nature that is around us even in an urban environment, to such an important organisation.”

Twickenham resident Mike Hutchinson was pleased with his purchase of a watercolour of Petersham Nurseries.

 “It’s a good charity,” he said. “It was just an attractive painting at an attractive price.”

The proceeds will go towards various activities which the Trust provides, including conservation projects.

Educational and voluntary work with schools, families, young people and those with learning difficulties, often involving art, will also be subsidised by the funds to maintain affordable prices. 

Information about the contributing artists as well as the Environment Trust and its projects can be found at

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