AN oil painting which had lain undisturbed in an attic for 30 years is set to fetch thousands of pounds at auction next week.
Frederick Morgan, is one of the country’s best-known depicters of sentimental scenes featuring children in idyllic situations.
His most famous painting, His Turn Next, was used memorably to advertise Pears’ Soap.
Gee-up was discovered in the attic of a house near Sheffield after the collector, a man of whom little is known, died.
No-one knew of its existence until his beneficiaries who were sizing up the attic for possible conversion into a bedroom, stumbled across it.
Vivienne Milburn, an independent antiques valuer and auctioneer, who discovered the painting in February said:
“It was wonderful to discover such a lovely summer picture in the midst of all the snow we had last winter.
“The collector, who ran an engineering business, lived on his own with nothing on the walls surrounded by reproduction furniture.
“He didn’t socialise with anyone and had no relatives. He bought the painting in the 1980s when the market for this type of thing was tremendous.
“If it had been put up for sale then it would have made anything from £80,000 to £100,000 but after the millennium everyone’s tastes changed.”
It is to be auctioned on October 22 at The Edensor Rooms, Chatsworth, when it is expected to make £15,000 to £20,000. The English painter of domestic and country scenes is famous for depicting idyllic scenes of childhood though he struggled with barnyard animals and had to call in assistance. At the age of 14 he was taken out of school by his father who tutored him in art. By the time he was 16 he had his first picture, The Rehearsal, exhibited at the Royal Academy.
He had five children who were often the inspiration for his pictures. Some of his most popular works are The Doll’s Tea Party, Emigrants’ Departure and School Belles. He died in 1927.