19th Century British Art

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


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Roseberys uncovers John Constable sketch

12 March 2018

London auctioneer Roseberys is to offer a previously unpublished sketch by John Constable on March 21.

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Works on paper loaned to Ashmolean museum sold at Oxford auction – 5 highlights from the sale

05 March 2018

A group of Old Master and traditional British etchings, drawings and watercolours, previously on loan to the Ashmolean museum, drew keen interest at Mallams in Oxford this week.

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Gulf in price for record Daniel Egerton Mexican view

12 February 2018

A view of coastal Mexico was knocked down at £280,000 at Bonhams’ latest Travel and Exploration sale in Knightsbridge – a record price at auction for British topographical painter Daniel Egerton (1797-1842).

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The Leicester Square buzz and bustle captured in oil painting

12 February 2018

A bustling scene of Leicester Square by genre painter Edward Prentis (1797-1854) took £6800 at David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) of Penzance.

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Tribute to a gallant captain and his brave fire brigade

12 February 2018

This painting of a fire in north London drew heated bidding when it went under the hammer at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium).

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Pick of the Week: Samuel Palmer view of Shoreham picks up a record

05 February 2018

The most eye-catching price at the latest series of Old Master and 19th century art sales in New York came at Sotheby’s separately staged auction of drawings from the collection of the late Howard and Saretta Barnet.

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The Tennants terriers in traditional country house style

05 February 2018

Traditional ‘country house style’ pictures were in plentiful supply at a two-day sale at Tennants of Leyburn.

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Landscapes underline softer market for Victorian landscapes

29 January 2018

A reminder of the dramatic drop in demand over recent decades for Victorian landscapes was evident in Gloucestershire where two such oils by Sidney Richard Percy (1822-86) went under the hammer.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

22 January 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Pre-Raphaelites on the crest of a second wave

22 January 2018

Paintings by lesser-known Pre-Raphaelites took the honours at the latest Victorian art sales held at Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9%) and Christie’s (25/20/12.5%).

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Pick of the Week: Second wind for Nelson lots

22 January 2018

Sotheby’s sale of 80 pieces of memorabilia relating to Lord Horatio Nelson featured a return to the saleroom of many lots acquired by the ‘Princely’ vendor in 2005.

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Rare 19th century topographical painting of Mexico emerges at Bonhams

11 January 2018

An original painting showing the Castle of San Juan de Ulúa in Mexico by 19th century British topographical artist Daniel Egerton is one of highlights of Bonhams’ Travel and Exploration auction in London next month.

Academy at Lamplight by Joseph Wright of Derby

Joseph Wright of Derby ‘candlelit’ painting makes record £6.3m at Sotheby’s

07 December 2017

An atmospheric oil painting by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-97) led Sotheby’s latest Old Master evening sale in London.

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JMW Turner sketch makes £22,000 at Cirencester auction

24 November 2017

An original sketch by JMW Turner (1775-1851) has sold for £22,000 (plus buyer’s premium) at Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester.

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Sworders seeks to boost its fine art auctions with appointment of former CSK and Sotheby's specialist

17 October 2017

Sworders has appointed former Sotheby’s, Christie’s South Kensington and Bonhams picture specialist, Jane Oakley, to expand the scope and frequency of its fine art auctions.

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Sketchbook of Thomas Bewick published in limited edition

17 October 2017

The sketchbook of engraver, author and natural historian Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) has been reproduced for the first time.

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Dramatic auction result for portrait of leading 1920s Hollywood couple

11 October 2017

A double portrait of the two early 20th century Hollywood stars Pola Negri and Rudolph Valentino drew an appropriately dramatic competition at Bonhams in London.

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Artworks offered in Essex auction mix history and fantasy

09 October 2017

A nude painting by the 19th century English artist William Etty (1787-1849) starred in Sworders’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale in Essex. The 2ft 2in x 19in (66 x 49cm) oil on panel shows a naked woman in a wooded landscape, her head and body turned away from the viewer.

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Richard Green holds exhibition of historic British fashion portraits

25 September 2017

It’s a busy season for Richard Green. Fresh from the 20/21 British Art Fair and the Paris Biennale, the Mayfair dealership will also appear at Frieze Masters and TEFAF New York Fall.

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Collector creates website to record the works of Thomas Baker of Leamington

18 September 2017

About a month ago, collector Robert Mulraine launched a website dedicated to the artist Thomas Baker of Leamington (1808-1869). A great enthusiast of the Victorian landscape painter, he has been working with the curatorial team of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to create an online ‘Memoranda of Pictures’ based on the artist’s five diaries in the museum’s collection.

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