Paintings by Bolton artist Reuben Ward Binks to be auctioned in New York

The Bolton News: Seasonal Resolutions Seasonal Resolutions

HIS paintings hang on the walls of the rich and the royal.

Now works by Reuben Ward Binks are set to go under the hammer in New York next month.

The artist, born in Bolton in 1880, specialised in dogs and he is a favourite of the Queen, who owns 15 of his works.

A 1930 watercolour painting — Seasonal Resolutions — once owned by one of America’s wealthiest women, Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl, is set to fetch up to £1,500 at the Bonhams auction on February 12.

It is one of eight paintings by the artist expected to sell for between £5,000 and £8,000 at the annual Dogs In Show And Field auction.

Sam Travers, an art expert at Bonhams, said: “Reuben Ward Binks was a master at capturing the specific poses of all breeds of dogs, in the field and at home.

“Seasonal Resolutions shows how he was also a master of anthropomorphic poses with a great sense of humour.

“Binks was a Boltonian who is now collected worldwide and we are pleased to be able to show another side to his remarkable body of work.”

Eleven of his paintings are in the Queen’s private apartments at Sandringham, in Norfolk.

They include a 1929 watercolour of King George V shooting woodcock.

Charles O’Brien, a director of Bonhams, added: “Reuben Ward Binks is highly regarded in America and worked for notable families there such as the Rockefellers.”

He painted more than two hundred portraits of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge’s champion dogs.

Reuben spent his early years at 8, Ralph Street, Halliwell. His father, John Binks, had a watchmaker’s business at 3, Blackburn Road. Although he trained to follow in his father’s footsteps as a watchmaker and optician, his real passion from childhood was for painting.

He received his first box of oil paints from his uncle, Thomas Binks, also a watch-maker, when he was eight years old. The family eventually moved from Bolton to Prestwich and Reuben attended Manchester Grammar School. He later studied at Manchester Art School.

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