19th Century British Art

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


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Surprise in the saleroom as 'manner of' Old Master makes over 50 times estimate

12 June 2023

Among a number of works at the latest Old Master, British and European Art sale at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) sparking keen interest were a couple of contrasting paintings selling well above predictions.

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Nelson portrait in ‘warts and all’ fashion generates an extraordinary bidding battle

29 May 2023

Despite being a copy by a little-known Norfolk painter, ‘authentic’ portrait makes remarkable price

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Naval artist and shipbuilder go into battle together

29 May 2023

Bonhams’ (27.5/26/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Marine sale was led by an elegant depiction of a famous naval battle between British and French ships that took place towards the end of the American War of Independence.

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Alma-Tadema’s friends put on a panel show at his house

15 May 2023

Six of the 45 distinctive designs from the artist’s spectacular London villa emerge at auction

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William Crotch covered in St James’s show

15 May 2023

This view of Wadham College, Oxford, by William Crotch (1775-1847) is the first and earliest in a catalogue of his works on show at Guy Peppiatt Fine Art.

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It’s a Cotman family extravaganza at Dawsons

15 May 2023

A collection of works by the Cotman family of artists is coming for sale at Maidenhead auction house Dawsons this month.

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Symons supporters make a bugle call

15 May 2023

William Christian Symons (1845-1911) had a varied career, working as a designer for Royal Doulton but also in a wide range of roles.

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Funny felines stand up and deliver Louis Wain record

15 May 2023

Has the film 'The Electrical Life of Louis Wain' raised demand for the artist?

Getty's Temple of Wings

Christie’s to offer second auction series of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection

05 May 2023

A second tranche of the Ann and Gordon Getty collection is coming to Christie’s in June.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Freddie Mercury

Superstar Freddie Mercury's private collection to be sold at Sotheby’s this autumn

26 April 2023

From stage costumes, handwritten lyrics and guitars to Victorian paintings, a Faberge clock and Japanese art, the private collection of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (1946-91) is to be offered in a series of auctions.

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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.

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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

Picture of Edwin Landseer

Early view of Landseer at work is rediscovered

03 April 2023

An early picture of Victorian artist Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73) working with his animal subjects has been reidentified by Belgravia dealership Bagshawe Fine Art.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Connect Fair: Event run by dealers for dealers

06 March 2023

Organisers of Connect Fair also take part as exhibitors among a ‘young and lively’ group from across the UK

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