19th Century British Art

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


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Stand-alone topographical picture auctions at Christie’s come to an end after 52 years

09 November 2020

Christie’s has axed its stand-alone sales of topographical pictures and will incorporate the specialist department into the 19th century picture department based in London. Consignments in this area will now be offered in auctions in the wider category.

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Irish and Scottish Art: Border forces at work in the market

09 November 2020

Shifting Covid-19 regulations have complicated the Irish and Scottish art markets but online and phone bidding has helped to keep results relatively robust

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Nicholson sounds the retreat with a Scottish work

09 November 2020

A painting by an English artist but with a Scottish subject drew attention at the latest Modern Made auction held by Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium).

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Rare racehorse pictures given a sporting chance

02 November 2020

Early depictions of some of the most famous racehorses of their day lead the field

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Pick of the week: King George I in the running at £125,000

12 October 2020

Paintings by leading British sporting artists went under the hammer for the first time in over 100 years at Cheffins in Cambridge on October 1.

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Six Ruskins add pep to Peppiatt’s latest show

28 September 2020

A group of works by famed Victorian art critic John Ruskin (1819-1900) features in Guy Peppiatt’s latest exhibition of British drawings and watercolours.

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Naval scene with links to Nelson family comes to auction in Wiltshire

16 September 2020

A naval scene by the well-known marine artist Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867) that has provenance to the families of Lord Hood and Horatio Nelson is coming to auction at Henry Aldridge & Son.

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Hooray for the hussars: Duke of Gloucester's regimental collection brings demand

14 September 2020

The collection of pictures formerly owned by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, offered at Bellmans included 42 lots relating to the 10th Royal Hussars.

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Major general sought after by militaria fans

07 September 2020

A group of three watercolours depicting Indian scenes attributed to Major General John Brownrigg Ballasis (1806-90) attracted interest at a timed sale held this summer by 1818 Auctioneers (20% buyer’s premium) in Milnthorpe, Cumbria.

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Oonagh Guinness portrait among highlights of auction of items from an Atlanta estate

07 September 2020

A two-day sale of works from an Atlanta estate home, White Oaks, will take place at Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta, Georgia on September 12-13 featuring a wide range of European and American fine and decorative art.

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Thorburns break from country house cover

10 August 2020

The contents of a country house in Exmouth turned up not one but two large watercolours by Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935), the pre-eminent British painter of ornithological subjects.

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Two tastes of Yorkshire

03 August 2020

Two works by Fred Stead (1863-1940) drew strong interest at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in West Sussex thanks, in part, to here-to-be-sold estimates. They were being consigned from a deceased estate.

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New Burne-Jones digital catalogue raisonné shows scholars the way ahead

20 July 2020

Art dealer Peter Nahum has created a free-to-access digital catalogue raisonné for the Victorian painter Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833–98).

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A voyage of discovery as Robert Young releases extra catalogue this year

20 July 2020

This primitive English sailor-work ship picture, c.1870, depicting a cutter in full sail on a calm sea was made with coloured wools embroidered on canvas.

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Partridge adds weight in lockdown

29 June 2020

‘Freshness and sensible estimates’ contribute to record 5016 registrants for Macclesfield sale.

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Webb’s ‘incomplete’ view of Cologne to go on display at city's town hall following auction

29 June 2020

For 300 years, from the 1520s to the 1820s, the great Gothic cathedral in Cologne remained unfinished – the building overshadowed by a large crane, which for centuries dominated the panorama on the banks of the Rhine.

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Dealer Katz defined and refined

22 June 2020

London auction of dealer's works follows similar 2013 sale and Rafael Valls offering held this April

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Painting of Battle of the Nile veteran’s fundraiser emerges at Charles Miller

22 June 2020

Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of the Nile was the 'Vanguard'. An oil on canvas coming up at Charles Miller’s July 7 auction in west London features a very unusual portrayal of this vessel.

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Suffolk artist shines in Norfolk auction

08 June 2020

Three works by Ipswich painter perform well in rescheduled East Anglian-themed auction

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David Dalby cattle portrait leads Shorthorn Society auction

08 June 2020

Shortly before the UK lockdown, Cumbrian saleroom Thomson Roddick (17.5% buyer’s premium inc VAT) offered works from the collection of The Shorthorn Society, a body that promotes the famous breed of cattle in the UK and Ireland.

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