Latest News Articles by Alex Capon


Webb depicts majesty of Greenwich Palace in smaller form

01 May 2023

Born into a family of artists, James Webb (c.1825-95) became a prolific painter primarily of landscapes, seascapes and river scenes depicting locations around England and Wales as well as the Netherlands, France, Italy and southern Spain.


Turner and Wilkie turn up at auction

01 May 2023

Drawing four phone bidders plus online, a rediscovered early watercolour of Chepstow Castle by JMW Turner (1775-1851) led Cheffins’ latest fine art sale.


Famous tiger burns bright – despite being a copy

01 May 2023

A later but good copy of George Stubbs’ (1724-1806) famous painting Portrait of The Royal Tiger earned its stripes when it emerged at auction.

Vilhelm Hammershoi Music Room

Sotheby’s offers Hammershøi interior scene with highest ever estimate for the artist

18 April 2023

A major painting by Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) will be offered at Sotheby’s evening sale of Modern art in New York on May 16. Pitched at $3m-5m, it has the highest estimate ever placed on a work by the Danish artist.


Latest Lowry drawing shows rise in demand over three decades

17 April 2023

Simple Salford street scene dating from year after he left art school is now at £70,000 hammer price level


Another winner from Denton Hall consignment

17 April 2023

A high price for a Victorian work sold outside London came at Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) latest British, European and Sporting Pictures sale.


Staithes Group works show signs of revival at the top end at least

10 April 2023

Local supporters help to boost pictures produced in art colony based in a North Yorkshire fishing village

Pieter Brueghel the Younger painting

Brueghel found behind door in French home takes six-figure sum at auction

06 April 2023

A large painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger (c.1564-1638) discovered in a home in France took a six-figure sum at a Paris sale.


Double values: Cedric Morris picture with another work on the back emerges in Cambridge

03 April 2023

Even in relatively strong sectors of the art market like Modern British pictures the twin attractions of market freshness and attainable estimates remain key factors.


Abstract paintings offer clear indication of Feiler interest

03 April 2023

Interest from both the UK and abroad emerged in Buckinghamshire when two abstract paintings by Paul Feiler (1918-2013) came up at a recent Claydon Auctioneers (19.5% buyer’s premium) sale.

Fabergé silver elephant table lighter

Fabergé elephant table lighter stars in our pick of six auction highlights

31 March 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a sought after Fabergé silver elephant table lighter that more than doubled estimate in Yorkshire.


Auction house helps seal the deal for Austen letter

27 March 2023

Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire has acquired a rare early example of a handwritten letter by the novelist after its sale was negotiated by Cambridge auction house Cheffins.

Jane Austen print

Jane Austen letter goes to her former house in deal brokered by Cheffins

23 March 2023

Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire has acquired a rare early example of a handwritten letter by the novelist after its sale was negotiated by Cambridge auction house Cheffins.

Pieter Brueghel the Younger picture

Brueghel discovery found behind a door comes to auction in France

20 March 2023

A version of one of Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s (c.1564- 1638) best-known compositions, 'The Tax Collector’s Office', will be offered at auction after being discovered behind a partially hidden door in a home in northern France.


How notable sitters can cancel out the difficulty of selling traditional portraits

20 March 2023

The general theory goes that traditional portraits of white men are difficult to sell unless they are by a major artist or depict a notable sitter.


Atkinson sketches prepared groundwork for Afghan prints

20 March 2023

Among the works on paper causing a stir in the regions during the early part of 2023 was a group of four 19th century topographical studies of Afghanistan


Stumped about match location in a sporting scene

13 March 2023

Cricket scene could not be clearly identified but approximate date provided strong historical appeal


Gouaches given a seal of approval

13 March 2023

A pair of unusual works on paper by the Anglo-American painter George Henry Boughton (1833-1905) struck a chord with bidders at a sale in Somerset.

Turner's Chepstow Castle

Turner’s castle emerges in Cambridge saleroom

06 March 2023

An early watercolour of Chepstow Castle by JMW Turner (1775-1851) that was previously recorded but its whereabouts unknown has emerged in Cambridge.


Algernon Newton suits the market mood

06 March 2023

The naturalistic landscapes and moody urban scenes of Algernon Cecil Newton (1880-1968) have provided a boon to both London and regional salerooms for well over a decade now.