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21st Oct 2018
Elm Hill by Leslie Moore pre sale estimate 200 300

Nearly two dozen works by a renowned Norwich artist who died 21 years ago are set to go under the hammer in Aylsham next week, with the pictures being described by a leading expert as ‘delightful, accessible and surprisingly affordable’.

Twenty-two paintings of Norwich, the Norfolk Broads and various Norfolk landmarks by Leslie Moore, who was a prominent member of the Norwich Twenty group for much of the 20th century, will go on sale as part of Keys Fine Art Auctioneers East Anglian Art Sale on Friday 26th October – with pre-sale estimates ranging from £100 to £300.

Born in Norwich in 1907, Moore studied at the Norwich School of Art, where he later taught, and he also held a teaching position at the Hewett School.  A prominent member of the Norwich Twenty group and the Norwich Arts Circle, he also exhibited at the Royal Academy.  Many of his paintings were used to illustrate books, and he was active until his death in 1997.

“Leslie Moore was one of those artists who managed to combine serious talent with a knack of producing works which have a wide appeal,” said Keys head of fine art Kevin Lines.  “His paintings are delightful, accessible and surprisingly affordable.”

The works going under the hammer next week include subjects such as Elm Hill and Tombland in Norwich, Cley Mill, Happisburgh, Worstead, and several paintings of Broadland scenes.  The pictures are all watercolours, with some also featuring pen and ink.

Keys’ twice-yearly East Anglian Art Sales have earned a national and international reputation as the biggest and most wide-ranging auctions of works by East Anglian artists anywhere.  Among other works in next week’s sale are pictures by Alfred Munnings, Archibald Campbell Mellon, Eloise Stannard, John Arnesby Brown and Norwich School artists including Crome, Hodgson and Cotman.

Keys East Anglian Art Sale takes place on Friday 26th October at 10.30am at Keys’ Aylsham salerooms.  Viewing is on Wednesday 24th October from 9am-6pm, Thursday 25th October from 9am-7.30pm, and from 9am on the day of the sale.  Full details, and a downloadable catalogue, are available at www.keysauctions.co.uk.