Works by Three Major Northern Lights to Star in Bonhams Auction

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LONDON.- Works by three major Northern artists are heading south to London to feature in Bonhams 19th Century Paintings auction on 29th September 2010. John Martin (1789-1854) was born in Haydon Bridge and went on to become one of the most popular artists of his day. His works now hang in the Laing Gallery, Newcastle and the Tate Gallery, London and he is famed for his apocalyptic scenes set in dramatic landscape. Bonhams are selling one of his less common classical landscape scenes depicting ‘Diogenes throwing away his cup’. The philosopher, who aimed to live as frugally as possible, saw a child drinking from his hands and threw away his cup, remarking that ‘a child has beaten me in the plainness of living’. Many of the artist’s works depict biblical or moral tales such as this which greatly appealed to his Victorian audience. Martin’s paintings rarely appear at auction and this particular example