Drawings & Pastels

Drawing is a type of graphic art created with lines and areas of tone applied to paper usually with pencil, charcoal and coloured pencil, but a wash may also be applied.

They frequently serve as preparatory studies for other works, but are also considered works of art in their own right. A practitioner of drawing is known as a draughtsman.

Pastels are created using a stick made of pure pigment and a binder.

A key part of the general art market, both are also specialist collecting areas in their own right.


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British Museum buys collection of 103 Hokusai drawings rediscovered in Paris

05 September 2020

More than 100 rediscovered works by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) have been acquired by the British Museum.

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Klimt drawing from Beethoven Frieze makes £32,000 at Chiswick Auctions

31 August 2020

A drawing by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) sold to a phone bidder for £32,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Chiswick Auctions last week.

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All about information sharing

31 August 2020

Wider spectrum of buyers means presenting catalogue entries in greater detail can pay off

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Gustav Klimt sketch for the Beethoven Frieze emerges at Chiswick Auctions

25 August 2020

A drawing by Gustav Klimt is being offered at Chiswick Auctions this week.

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Texas museum boosts Spanish art collection with five acquisitions from Madrid gallery

20 August 2020

De la Mano Gallery in Madrid has sold five works to The Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas.

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Huge bidding battle as rediscovered Old Master military drawings take £125,000 at Sworders

27 July 2020

A sensational competition emerged at Essex saleroom Sworders this week as a pair of Old Master drawings attracted 12 phone bidders as well as internet interest.

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The web shop window: Gilbert Scott signed drawing

13 July 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Pick of the week: New peak for Wainwright as sketch of the fells climbs to £10,200 record

06 July 2020

A record price of £10,200 was paid last month for a pen and ink sketch by fell-walking legend Alfred Wainwright at 1818 Auctioneers of Milnthorpe, Cumbria.

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Feininger before the oil paintings

06 July 2020

Without the signature and dedication, this crayon and pencil drawing of 'Dorfhaus mit Baum und Randsteinen' (Village House with Tree and Rocks), coming up for sale at Neumeister in Munich on July 16, would be virtually impossible to attribute to its creator.

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ATG letter: I love this portrait, but who is Ernest?

15 June 2020

MADAM – I would be very grateful if any of your readers could shed light on the artist of the attached crayon drawing of Churchill.

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Punchinello comeback and pastels debut help to boost Paris drawings auction

15 June 2020

Christie’s (25/20/13.5% buyer’s premium) has held its first live sales in Paris since lockdown.

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Pick of the week: The bones of a fine Old Master drawing

08 June 2020

A black chalk drawing of a skeleton drew an extraordinary competition at a German auction house Lempertz at the end of last month. Estimated at €3000-3500, it attracted at least 15 bidders and was eventually knocked down at €420,000 (£381,820) to a French dealer.

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Portrayal of the price of poverty

08 June 2020

Under the changed regulations in Germany it would have been possible for Dr Andreas Sturies (20% buyer’s premium) in Düsseldorf to hold the spring auction in front of an audience.

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Faces from Cecil Beaton’s book of the beautiful people

01 June 2020

Turning heads at Bonhams Knightsbridge’s sale of Modern British art was a group of 22 pen and ink drawings by Cecil Beaton (1904-80) which formed part of the photographer’s 'The Book of Beauty' published in 1930.

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Illustrations: Potter and Shepard’s animal magic

26 May 2020

One New York saleroom that has been notably active in the book market during the Covid restrictions is Doyle (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium). A recent sale included original illustrations for some well-known English children’s books.

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Cecil Beaton sketches turn heads at Bonhams auction

19 May 2020

The latest sale of Modern British art held by Bonhams in Knightsbridge was its first live event held ‘behind closed doors’ in the UK. It included 22 pen and ink drawings by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) which formed part of the famous photographer’s ‘The Book of Beauty’ published in 1930.

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Cartoons by late Astérix creator Albert Uderzo to be auctioned for charity

06 May 2020

Cartoons by the late Albert Uderzo (1927-2020) will be offered by his family at a charity auction hosted by Artcurial in Paris.

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Old Masters migrate to online

20 April 2020

Aguttes’ drawings auction was one of the only sales not to be postponed after the coronavirus alert.

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Drawing on expertise of Fitzwilliam director

23 March 2020

Two Italian Mannerist chalk drawings emerged as the top sellers in a section of Old Master drawings and prints at Cirencester saleroom Dominic Winter.

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Previews of drawing sales planned in Paris despite postponement of Salon du Dessin

16 March 2020

The Paris drawings fair 'Salon du Dessin' has been postponed until the end of May because of the coronavirus alert, but some specialist auctions that are scheduled to coincide with the event are still going ahead at the time of writing.

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