Painting on track to sell for £50,000

Helen Bradley South Shore painting
Helen Bradley South Shore painting
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BLACKPOOL’S South Shore railway station will soon be in the London limelight as artwork depicting the scene is on course to reach a whopping £50,000 at auction.

The Waterloo Road station watercolour is the work of the late Hellen Layfield Bradley MBE – a prominent artist during the 1960s and 70s.

Born in Lees, near Oldham, Helen spent much of her childhood on family holidays in Blackpool and as a result, much of her paintings depict Lancashire life in the early 1900s.

Rachel Hidderly, Christie’s International Specialist and Director of 20th Century British art, said: “I love Helen’s work, it’s great fun. It’s always something different and full of character. If you look at the detail in the paintings, everyone has a story to tell and it echoes her family memories into life.

“Although born in Lees, Helen holidayed in Blackpool often as a child so it was her most popular painting location as a result. The painting depicts the memories of her Edwardian childhood quite vividly.

“The oil painting version of the same South Shore painting sold a few years ago here for £73,250 so I’m confident it will reach the top end of the estimation.”

The painting will be showcased with a sale of 20th Century British and Irish art on May 26 at Christies, London, where it is expected to exceed its £30-50,000 sale estimate.