Campbell Archibald Mellon Works Star in Bonhams Auction with Three of the Top Five Lots

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LONDON.- Bonhams East Anglian View auction at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk took place yesterday (2.12.10) and fetched an impressive total of £367,000. Three of the top five lots of the day were paintings by Campbell Archibald Mellon (1878-1955), all featuring the picturesque seaside town of Gorleston. August Bank Holiday, Gorleston fetched £28,800, while Crowded beach, Gorleston, with boating pond to the foreground sold for £18,000 and Gorleston Beach made £16,800. After serving in the First World War Mellon moved to the town of Gorleston in Norfolk and he became well known for these seaside scenes with a mass of clearly defined people. He loved to paint the beach at Gorleston whilst looking into the sun and the play of light on the sand fascinated him. It was when he moved to Norfolk that he met and studied under Sir John Arnesby Brown, whose painting entitled The River Bank fetched an impressive £20,400 at yesterday’s a