19th Century British Art

This sector includes Romantic painting, Victorian art, British Orientalism and Pre-Raphaelite art.


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Burne-Jones stars at auction as first major London exhibition for over four decades opens

14 January 2019

Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-98) was the toast of London during the latest Victorian art sales held in the capital, where buyers continued to covet blue-chip Pre-Raphaelite art, market-fresh material – and invest in female names.

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Moonlight artist John Atkinson Grimshaw in the spotlight

14 January 2019

A trademark nocturnal scene by Victorian painter John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93) got away on low estimate for £80,000 at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) of Haslemere in Surrey.

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Buyer hunts down Charles Lutyens hounds

21 December 2018

The Victorian Conservative politician Lord Coventry is believed to have commissioned this portrait of favourite hounds Rambler and Marksman.

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Andrew Singleton to offer portrait of Uncle Tom Cobley from Widecombe Fair song

26 November 2018

A portrait of Thomas Cobley Gent of Buttsford, Colebrooke (d.1844), is believed to portray ‘Old Uncle Tom Cobley’, from the tradition song Widecombe Fair, as a young boy.

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Affordable art: Six works sold or offered for under £1000 including a Marion Saumarez self portrait

22 November 2018

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £1000 and three upcoming lots, including a self portrait by a young Marion Saumarez showing her playing the violin.

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Artist Alfred Priest makes a show splash

12 November 2018

A marine scene by Alfred Priest (1810-50) is among the highlights at English and Continental Antiques’ final exhibition of the year.

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Affordable art: Six works sold or offered for under £1000 including a Victorian landscape showing hop houses in Kent

08 November 2018

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £1000 and three upcoming lots, including a oil painting of oast houses in a Kentish landscape by Edward H Niemann.

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Traditional art is talk of the Towne as watercolour leads 18th-19th century picture auction

05 November 2018

British watercolours and oils from the 18th and 19th centuries grabbed bidders’ attention at a recent Oxford auction, proving there is life in this traditional market given the right artists and good provenance.

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Garden by a Churchyard

15 October 2018

View of a Garden by Thomas Churchyard of Woodbridge (1798-1865) is offered for £1400 in the exhibition Artist on the Deben, which features 19th century Suffolk artists.

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Coaches trot into saleroom

15 October 2018

Distinctly patriotic in nature, stage and mail coach depictions started c.1815, reaching peak popularity in the later 1820s with the artist James Pollard (1792-1867).

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The calm before and after the bidding storm

24 September 2018

Two contrasting marine scenes, encapsulating the unpredictable nature of the sea, were offered at a recent sale at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) of Cockermouth in Cumbria.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

17 September 2018

A painting by the Victorian Neo-classicist painter John Godward (1861-1922) not seen on the market since 1925 is going under the hammer at Bonhams in New Bond Street on September 26.

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Art from Rugby School’s historic collection consigned to Christie’s

10 September 2018

Christie’s is staging a stand-alone sale of works from Rugby School in December. The 200 lots are expected to raise around £3m.

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Beef encounter as Victorian works test the ‘Cow’ Cooper market

10 September 2018

It’s fair to say the work of Victorian animal painter Sidney Cooper (1803-1902) is not flavour of the month.

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Rossetti the salesman – unrecorded letters from Pre-Raphaelite patron’s collection discovered in house clearance

17 August 2018

A large cache of letters from Victorian artists including founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) have been consigned to Shropshire auctioneers Trevanion & Dean.

Pierre Prevost’s panorama

London as the Duke of Wellington knew it: Museum of London acquires huge panorama from Sotheby’s

14 August 2018

A large 19th century panorama of London, completed towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars, has entered the Museum of London’s permanent collection after the institution acquired it at a recent Sotheby’s auction.

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Corbet oil head and shoulders above the rest

06 August 2018

A small but enigmatic study attributed to Victorian artist Matthew Ridley Corbet (1850-1902) drew dramatic competition at John Nicholson’s in Fernhurst, Surrey.

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Search for promised land in Wales

06 August 2018

This small 7 x 91/2in (18 x 24cm) oil on panel Biblical scene by the Victorian artist William Edward Frost (1810-77), below, doubled its top guide at Peter Francis (20% buyer’s premium) of Carmarthen on July 11.

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‘Masterpiece level’ 19th century art receives Christie’s rebrand

02 July 2018

Christie’s has added a top-end sale of 19th century art to its calendar of New York auctions in October.

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Late Victorians in time for Surrey sale

02 July 2018

A good helping of late Victorian pictures featured among the top prices on June 6 at Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley in Surrey.

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