Italian artist’s work to be sold in Northumberland village

The signed print by  Pietro Annigoni.
The signed print by Pietro Annigoni.

A signed art print by a famous Italian artist is to be sold at auction in a north Northumberland coastal village.

What’s more, the artist in question has ties to the village, where he was often seen learning how to play darts, and the print was previously owned by a North East author.

Beadnell is hosting the auction on Sunday, August 9, from 2pm, in the WI Hut. Viewings of the exhibits take place on Saturday, August 8, and the Sunday morning.

Among the exhibits is a signed print by Pietro Annigoni , who became world-famous after painting a portrait of the Queen in 1956, later painting other members of the Royal family as well as US presidents.

The picture was previously owned by the late Catherine Cookson, who gave it to the present owner. Annigoni was a well-known visitor to Beadnell, often as a guest of Freddie Shepherd Snr, who commissioned him to paint portraits of his family. He was often seen in the Craster Arms and Beadnell Towers Hotel where, under Freddie’s instruction, he tried to play darts.