A painting of a village that inspired Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights will go under the hammer at Bonhams next month at an estimated price of nearly 180,000 pounds.
The painting by LS Lowry is one of the artist’s four works included in Bonhams sale of 20th Century British art. The landscape that provided the inspiration for the present work was a place called the Witherns, near Haworth in West Yorkshire. This location has become intimately tied with the Bronte sisters who were born and brought up in the village of Haworth in the mid-19th Century. It’s thought that the derelict farmhouse at Top Witherns was the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.
This painting captures well the oppressive unbroken off-white of the sky, its brightness serving to contrast with the
dark landscape below, the smudge of pollution hinted at in the corners, the art house said.