HUNDREDS of items of work by a professional artist and designer, living in Lancaster, are up for auction this month through 1818 Auctioneers on the Cumbria, Lancashire border.

Amongst the watercolours, sketches and oil paintings are designs for wallpapers and wall coverings for Stories of Lancaster.

The works are being sold in 17 lots, representing a fraction of the work of Albert Dickens who died in 2012, and have been put up for sale by the artist’s family.

The family say Albert was a prolific and highly talented artist whose work was much admired by the renowned Scottish painter, Peter Howson OBE. The family also say he was a regular exhibitor at the Manchester Academy and other galleries and that his paintings are in private collections around the world. Albert’s son Anthony says his dad’s work could stir up deep emotions inside the viewer’s mind.

1818 Auctioneer’s valuer David Brookes says it’s been difficult to estimate the true value of Albert’s work given the breadth of the collection. From signed watercolours for a wallpaper to oil paintings of local landscapes, cartoons and pencil sketches.

As David Brookes explains:

“It’s been an incredible collection to value because it is so wide ranging and it shows Albert had clear talent across many formats. There’s something to appeal to everyone from those who like cartoons and abstract oils to an archivist searching out a missing pattern from a Lincrusta collection.

Albert Dickens work and ephemera is part of 1818 Auctioneers timed online Fine Pictures and Prints Sale which ends at 5pm on Sunday 15 August.

For more information, please visit https://www.1818auctioneers.co.uk/ or call 105395 66201.