19th Century British Art

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

Thomas and William Daniell watercolour

Indian bidding lifts Dreweatts picture sale as two works make over £200,000

14 June 2024

Two pictures by British artists with strong Indian connections sold for record sums at Dreweatts after drawing interest from sub-Continent.


Whether country or town views, Newlyn artists are setting the scene

10 June 2024

More paintings on offer in Dorest saleroom from the Cornish ‘school’ show the market strength


Swedish portrait of the formidable Ellen soars in Somerset

03 June 2024

Strong bidding emerged at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne for a Swedish portrait of Ellen Wester (1873-1930), a pioneering female translator and journalist.

MacLeod’s Maidens, Skye

Striking Victorian seascape fetches over 20 times estimate

31 May 2024

When the industrialist Fred Cooper and his family moved into The Grange in Perton in 1969, the South Staffordshire country house came already furnished with a notable collection.


Pair of paintings reveal marine artist Salmon’s working roots in Scotland

27 May 2024

Two oils by the Anglo-American marine artist Robert Salmon, painted while he lived and worked in Scotland, were offered by Stair Galleries (28% buyer’s premium) in Hudson, New York, on April 25.


Family portraits star as art amassed by an earl goes under the hammer

27 May 2024

“It was no surprise that a single-owner sale of noble provenance and with royal connections was such a success”, said Thomas Jenner-Fust.


‘On the Medway’ looks more like ‘On the Deben’ to me

20 May 2024

The view described as ‘On the Medway’ (International, ATG No 2640) appears to me to be a view on the River Deben.


Louis Comfort Tiffany gossip is talk of the town as painting emerges in New York auction

13 May 2024

An oil on canvas of a German scene was probably on display at Louis Comfort Tiffany's Long Island home, sold in the 1940s.

The Falls of Clyde watercolour

‘British School’ waterfall scene takes 60 times estimate after bidders identify artist

09 May 2024

An early 19th century ‘British School’ watercolour painting of a waterfall raced away from a guide of $200-300 to bring $18,000 (£14,400) at an auction in Massachusetts this week.


Indian connections help Devis for a second time

29 April 2024

Following the major sum for a rare picture painted in India by Arthur William Devis (1762-1822) at Gorringe’s, another work by the artist flew over estimate a fortnight later in Devon.


Works sourced from artists' relatives add interest to West Sussex sale

29 April 2024

Works consigned by family descendants of artists proved to be an intriguing aspect of the latest Old Master, British & European Paintings sale at Bellmans (25% buyer’s premium).


London art dealer buys Moore’s classical women at German auction

22 April 2024

British artist Albert Joseph Moore (1841-93) was predestined to become a painter, following in the footsteps of his father and four of his 13 siblings.


Large collection of John Ruskin drawings and watercolours offered at London dealership

10 April 2024

The 45-piece collection includes several with an intriguing provenance

Arthur Devis portrait

Arthur Devis portrait soars over estimate in Devon auction

10 April 2024

Following the major sum for a rare picture painted in India by Arthur William Devis (1762-1822) at Gorringe’s, another work by the artist flew over estimate a fortnight later in Devon.

GF Watts

News in brief including a George Frederic Watts self-portrait acquired by museum

08 April 2024

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including a George Frederic Watts self-portrait acquired by Watts Gallery in Surrey.

GF Watts self-portrait

Self-portrait by George Frederic Watts acquired by Watts Gallery via tax deal

03 April 2024

A self-portrait by artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) has been acquired by Watts Gallery in Compton, near Guildford.


First part of the year blessed by bumper sales of dealer collections

25 March 2024

Withers and Dailey selections follow hot on the heels of Turpin lots with plenty of fine art highlights


Travel tales by Emily Eden told in art and words

18 March 2024

Sketches and journal by Emily Eden relate to her life in the UK then journey to the subcontinent

Sarah Biffin self-portrait

Sarah Biffin self-portrait acquired by Museum of Somerset from dealer Philip Mould

16 March 2024

A self-portrait by Sarah Biffin (c.1784-1850) bought by the Museum of Somerset has recently gone on display.

Julia Annabelle, Lady Shuckburgh

‘Quintessential English’ collection of family portraits comes to auction in Gloucestershire

13 March 2024

A group of portraits from the collection of the 3rd Earl of Liverpool, Charles Cecil Cope Jenkinson (1784-1851), will be offered at Gloucestershire saleroom Chorley’s auctioneers in April.