Thorstein Rittun – Picnic in the Garden
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A large and impressive oil on canvas signed by the artist in full and dated ’54 (1954). The painting is housed in its original frame. Provenance: From the estate of the Late Judge Coles Q.C. Rupert Toovey’s sale of The Bolney Lodge, 20th Sep 2006.
Canvas: 25 3/4 x 39 1/2 in. (65.5 x 100 cm.)
Frame: 29 3/4 x 43 3/4 in. (76 x 110 cm.)
Painted by Rittun four years after he had finished his education at the National Art Academy (1947-1950). To this day he is a popular figure in Norwegian art and has exhibited consistently throughout his career.
Late Judge Coles Q.C.
Patricia Coles was a highly respected and very well known judge, presiding over many high profile cases. In the mid-1970s she and her husband, Richard Courtney, became the custodians of Bolney Lodge, West Sussex, between them they collected many fine pieces of period furniture and object d’art. This impressive house had once been used by the Prince Regent and his mistress, Mrs Fitzherbert, as a meeting place, owing to its proximity to the London to Brighton stagecoach route. Patricia lived at the house until her death in 2005 and in 2006 the contents of the house were sold which included this painting.