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W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby DrBiggles » 28 Jun 2017, 23:25

Six pictures said to be by W. E. Johns came up for auction on Tuesday 27th June 2017. Here are the descriptions and prices. I will post copies of the artwork below.

Lot 343

William Earl Johns (1893-1968)

'CLOSE WORK!' (48 SQDN) BRISTOL FIGHTERS AND FOKKER TRIPES

Signed l.r. and inscribed with title, watercolour and bodycolour

27 x 38.5cm

Estimate £800-1200 - SOLD FOR £3000



Lot 344

William Earl Johns (1893-1968)

'GOOD SHOOTING SIR!!'

Signed l.r., inscribed with title, watercolour and bodycolour

24 x 34.5cm

Estimate £500-700 - SOLD FOR £1100



Lot 345

William Earl Johns (1893-1968)

'TRIPEHOUNDS'

Indistinctly signed and inscribed l.r., watercolour and bodycolour

19 x 28.5cm

Estimate £500-700 - SOLD FOR £3300



Lot 346

William Earl Johns (1893-1968)

'1916' - COMBAT BETWEEN FRENCH AND GERMAN FIGHTERS

Dated l.r., watercolour and bodycolour

24 x 34cm

Estimate £500-700 - SOLD FOR £1900



Lot 347

William Earl Johns (1893-1968)

'OK OK!!'

Inscribed with title and 'Avion' l.r.,watercolour and bodycolour

23.5 x 34cm

Estimate £500-700 - SOLD FOR £900



Lot 348

*William Earl Johns (1893-1968)

'THE CAMEL (110HP CLERGET)

Indistinctly signed and inscribed l.r., watercolour and bodycolour

23.5 x 33cm

Estimate £500-700 - SOLD FOR £1600
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CLOSE WORK

Postby DrBiggles » 28 Jun 2017, 23:29

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GOOD SHOOTING SIR

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TRIPEHOUNDS

Postby DrBiggles » 28 Jun 2017, 23:33

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1916

Postby DrBiggles » 28 Jun 2017, 23:35

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OK - OK

Postby DrBiggles » 28 Jun 2017, 23:36

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THE CAMEL

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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby Fairblue » 28 Jun 2017, 23:48

These are wonderful, DrB. I love the simplicity of them. But, oh, those prices :shock:
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby Kismet » 28 Jun 2017, 23:50

Somebody really wanted these, didn't they! Big prices.
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby Tommy Smith » 29 Jun 2017, 02:48

Interesting. He was what, 23 when he painted these? So his interest, deep interest, in aviation was there long before he tried for the RFC? Where was he in 1916?

He has a draughtsmans eye, lovely to place these alongside his later work and see how his technique developed.
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby tiffinata » 29 Jun 2017, 03:55

Holy Guacamole!
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby Spitfire666 » 29 Jun 2017, 06:22

Nice pictures, but I would still be interested to know the provenance. One person rang them and was told the seller bought them 20 years ago. She said if anyone else queried it they might have to change their description. I know that at least one other person did query it. One point is that the signatures do not look like Johns' own.
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby Frecks » 29 Jun 2017, 08:12

Biggles would love those drawings for his flat :lol:
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby Tommy Smith » 29 Jun 2017, 10:00

So if these were all painted before WEJ ever flew I wonder where he got his references from.
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby Tracer » 29 Jun 2017, 10:23

Wow. Just wow. Thank you for posting.

Whoever drew them, they look great to me.
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby OzBiggles1963 » 29 Jun 2017, 10:48

tiffinata wrote:Holy Guacamole!


Wow, 'healthy' prices indeed! I wonder Dr. B, are these original artwork from some of the colour plates seen in the earlier 30's annuals [when he was an Editor], or from some of the 1st Edition Biggles Hamiltons I do not own? [Or never likely to, :? ].
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby kylie_koyote » 29 Jun 2017, 11:21

Those are beautiful, but OH those prices! :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby Wanderer » 29 Jun 2017, 14:14

Tommy Smith wrote:Interesting. He was what, 23 when he painted these?...

I think the painting is supposed to depict an event in 1916, but were probably painted in the 1920s-30s. WEJ's signature varied a bit on the printed versions I have seen on postcards and in Modern Boy, but I wouldn't bet my house on the authenticity of these. Nevertheless I don't think these prices are completely unreasonable, assuming they are genuine, given their historical significance. A bit rich for me, however :-)
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby DrBiggles » 29 Jun 2017, 20:03

I wasn't convinced of the authenticity of the pictures myself - the signature put me off. He usually just signed "JOHNS" on any artwork I have seen, so I didn't bid.
Had I been bidding, it would have only been within the estimated range - and probably for one or two pictures at the very most.

I wouldn't have had a look in at the prices they went for. I would be uncomfortable paying high prices for something I wasn't convinced was genuine.
In answer to the question, do any of these illustrations come from any early Johns works, I have to say that I don't recognize any of them. Does anybody else?
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 31 Jul 2017, 22:52

DrBiggles wrote:http://www.dunmowbroadcast.co.uk/news/paintings-by-biggles-author-sell-for-a-staggering-15-000-at-stansted-auction-house-1-5127745


Wow!!!!
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby kylie_koyote » 01 Aug 2017, 11:28

Wow, that's a hefty price tag! I hope whomever bought this is a true WEJ fan and can appreciate it fully.
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Re: W. E. Johns Artwork Sells at Auction

Postby Fairblue » 01 Aug 2017, 12:22

They certainly are lovely drawings.
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