Works by north-east artists could fetch £40,000

Alberto Morrocco's painting Burano
Alberto Morrocco's painting Burano

Two pieces by famed north-east painters are due to go on sale – and could fetch more than £40,000 combined.

Works by celebrated Aberdeen painter Alberto Morrocco, and Joan Eardley, who often drew inspiration from north-east village Catterline, are due to go under the hammer at a sale in Edinburgh later this month.

Joan Eardley’s Girl Eating Melon

Auctioneer Bonhams will hold its Scottish Sale on November 27 at its office in the capital.

Eardley’s Girl Eating Melon has been valued at between £20,000 and £30,000, while Morrocco’s painting Burano is expected to go for anything between £12,000 and £18,000.

Eardley was born in West Sussex but studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and is best known for her landscape works of Catterline, which she painted between 1957 and 1963.

Morrocco was born and grew up in Aberdeen, studying at Gray’s School of Art.

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In the latter part of his life he worked as the head of the school of painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, while continuing to create his own work.

Works by both artists were put on sale by Bonhams earlier this year, with a Morrocco piece going for more than £32,500 and two Eardley works going for a combined total of more than £55,000 at the last Scottish Sale in April.