Signed oil painting by i. rothwell

Oct 09, 2021. 17:35 UTC
Signed oil painting by I. Rothwell
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Fine art

Acquired from

For sale

Gilt Wooden frame. 48 cm long and 36 cm wide.


It was previously owned by Prynne Hutton and given to my late partner as a Christmas present over 20 years ago.

Answered within 2 days
Oct 11, 18:30 UTC
By Karine SH

Fair Market Value

£2,000 - £3,000 GBP

Suggested Asking Price

£2,000 GBP
What does this mean?

Dear Patrick,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal enquiry. So that I may best assist you, can you please send me a photo of the signature (if there is one)?



Patrick houlden Oct 12, 08:43 UTC

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Tue, 12 Oct at 08:45

Dear Patrick,

Thanks for your message.

Will you please comment down below your message to Karine here:

Use the Comment Box below her message and she will be notified

Let us know if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,


On Tue, 12 Oct at 10:19 AM , Patrick Houlden wrote:
Further to my previous email, it appears from his paintings sold by Christies that he did not sign all of his paintings.

On Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 07:54:46 BST, Patrick Houlden wrote:

There is no signature that I can see but the painting needs cleaning and a signature maybe hidden.

On Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 05:01:04 BST, Mearto wrote:

Dear Patrick,

Thank you, we have received your request.

Our specialist is asking if you can provide a photo of the signature. Please upload it here:

Let us know if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,

Karine sh Oct 12, 15:15 UTC

Dear Patrick,

Thank you for getting back to us so quickly.

The item presented appears to be a 19th-century painting depicting two English setters in a landscape attributed to I. Rothwell. The overall gilt frame measures 36 cm (h) x 48 (w) cm. The reverse has a label reading "An artist material Warehouse, William Rodman & Co", etc. The number in blue on the back may suggest that it was once exhibited. The work appears to be in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Prynne Hutton to present owner.

Sadly, after checking our records, very little appears to have been published about this artist's life and career, and his work has been rarely offered on the auction market until now. The most recent auction result that we have is for a painting sold in 2016. Therefore, the estimate highlighted in red has been based on the following criteria: the most recent existing auction market, the subject work's size, composition, and condition-based on photographs and comments provided.

In many cases, please note that pricing for similar items available on the primary (retail) market vary and are often higher than secondary (auction) market examples.

Best regards,


Patrick houlden Oct 13, 08:06 UTC

I examined the painting again and through the dirt on the canvas I found the signature and date. I have sent you copies of the signature separately. Will this affect the estimate please?

Patrick houlden Oct 15, 07:53 UTC

Karine I have researched this artist further and find that Christies sold on the 28/05/1999 "A bridge over a river with anglers in the foreground" for £3680, "English Setters on point" on 26/11/1999 for £1093, "An english setter and a pointer in a landscape" on 27/11/2003 for £1880. Will the signature and date on my painting affect your estimate please?

Karine sh Oct 15, 10:37 UTC

Dear Patrick,

Sorry for having taken so long to reply to your last message.

I am glad you found a signature on your painting. According to our records, the last signed painting by this artist was sold by Bonhams in 2006. Please see:

Therefore, I have reviewed the pre-sales estimates accordingly.

Best wishes,


Patrick houlden Oct 15, 18:42 UTC

Thank you for the revised estimate and appraisal. I wish to sell the painting. Can you please put it in the Market Place. Thank you.

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