Hotel portrait attracts high selling price

George Leslie Hunter's portrait of The Crusoe Hotel in Lower Largo
George Leslie Hunter's portrait of The Crusoe Hotel in Lower Largo

A portrait painted around 90 years ago of one of the most famous buildings in north east Fife attracted big interest – and an even bigger price – at an auction last week.

The image of the Crusoe Hotel in Lower Largo, by Scottish colourist George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931), fetched £43,750 during a sale of Scottish art on Thursday at Bonhams in Edinburgh.

No details were given about the buyer, except that the picture was bought in the room, as opposed to by phone or on line.

The painting had been estimated at £25,000-£35,000, so auction bosses were pleased with the success.

“It sold well and there was plenty of interest, which explains the good price,” said a spokesman.

The picture was created during 1924-27, when Hunter lived and worked in Fife.

The image was described as a “colour-drenched, Matisse-influenced work” bringing a touch of France to Fife.