Thu, 23rd Sep 2021 11:00

Northern Art - Live Online

  Lot 60


§ Harold Riley (British 1934-)
"Weaste Cinema, Salford"

Signed and dated '70, pastel.

55.5cm x 49.5cm (21.75in x 19.5in)

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Sold for £4,880

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Signed and dated '70, pastel.

55.5cm x 49.5cm (21.75in x 19.5in)

* A series of billiard halls were built by Temperance Societies in Salford to keep people out of the pubs. As time passed, they ceased to be billiard halls and many became cinemas as this one did in Weaste.

Artists’ Resale Right (“droit de suite”) may apply to this lot.

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Auction: Northern Art - Live Online, Thu, 23rd Sep 2021

This sale features a stunning selection of artworks by many of the great Northern artists to include work by L.S. Lowry, Geoffrey Key, William Turner, Reg Gardner, James Lawrence Isherwood, Donald McIntyre and many others. 


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Harold Riley



Harold Riley was born in 1934 in Salford, and during his student days met and became friendly with Lowry, who became a huge influence on Riley’s work, collaborating on a project to document Salford’s industrial landscape and the day-to-day working lives of its inhabitants. Although Riley has painted his native city many times, he is best known for his portraits of such notable figures as the Duke of Edinburgh and Nelson Mandela. A lifelong sports enthusiast, Riley played for Manchester United’s junior team and often paints sporting scenes of golf and football. Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson both have collections of football paintings by Riley and he’s artist-in-residence at the Dunhill Golf Championships. Riley sold his first painting to the Salford City Art Gallery when he was 11, and has since held exhibitions of his work there.

Harold Riley’s long collaboration with Lowry resulted in several hybrid works signed by both artists, which are extremely popular at auction. As Riley normally works by making a series of sketches and notes for each painting, examples of these preliminary works hold a strong interest for collectors. The influence of Lowry in Harold Riley’s early oil paintings is obvious and in recent years these rare examples have proved very popular with collectors. 

At Peter Wilson’s, our in-house expert Stephen Sparrow has years of experience in assessing and valuing Harold Riley’s work, so do get in touch if you’d like to learn more about a piece you own, or discuss a potential sale or valuation.