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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Beardsley’s drawing of Chopin

12 July 2012

Appearing in Carmarthen on July 24, this illustration of the Polish composer Frederic Chopin by author Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was discovered during a routine house call by auctioneers Peter Francis.

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Canaletto drawing brings £1.7m bid

09 July 2012

Previously unknown to scholars, this exceptional pen and ink drawing by Canaletto (1697-1768) set an auction record for a work on paper by the artist at the latest series of Old Master sales in London.

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Damien Hirst skull drawing at Gloucestershire sale

17 May 2012

Chorley’s of Prinknash Abbey Park in Gloucestershire are offering this sketch by Damien Hirst at their sale on May 24.

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The Scream sets all-time auction record

03 May 2012

THE latest round of Impressionist and Modern art sales in New York will forever be remembered as ‘The Scream’ series.

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Toad, Mole and Rat in Devon

30 April 2012

Wind in the Willows characters Mole, Ratty and Toad are to go under the hammer at Michael Bowman of Newton Abbot in Devon on May 5.

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Viewing for ‘The Scream’ attracts long queues

23 April 2012

IS this the longest queue ever to view a single lot coming up at auction?

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Views from a unique Victorian honeymoon

10 April 2012

IN February we revealed how Queen Victoria was an accomplished artist, but now her daughter’s skills have been highlighted by a Surrey auction.

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Private bidders challenge trade dominance at Freud and Hockney sales

10 March 2012

David Hockney (b.1937) and the late Lucian Freud (1922-2011) have captured the public imagination at the moment.

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Munch’s masterpiece for sale

27 February 2012

THE term ‘masterpiece’ is all too commonplace in auctioneering hyperbole, but just occasionally it rings true.

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Augustus John cache with celebrity status

06 September 2010

A COLLECTION of Augustus John drawings, consigned by the family of Dame Elizabeth Taylor, will be sold by a West London auction house on September 28.

Millais sketches withdrawn

23 August 2010

FOUR sketches by Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais, found tucked inside covers of Led Zeppelin LPs, have been withdrawn from sale at Chilcotts auctioneers in Tiverton, Devon, because of a “misunderstanding over ownership” according to the auctioneers.

Thieves strike in Broadway and Wymondham

16 August 2010

IN the early hours of August 6, a Henry Moore sketch and two oil paintings were stolen from Trinity House on the High Street in Broadway, south Worcestershire.

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Early Millais drawings found inside Led Zeppelin LP

09 August 2010

Led Zeppelin, Robert Burns and a 14-year-old John Everett Millais might seem unlikely bedfellows. But a group of four pencil drawings which have surfaced at the Devon auctioneers Chilcotts of Tiverton appear to link the three.

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Singapore and the China Seas, saved from the bonfire

22 March 2010

WILTSHIRE auctioneers Netherhampton Salerooms were celebrating a new house record on March 3 after a disbound album of Far Eastern topographical drawings sold for £43,000.

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Export ban for £26m Raphael drawing

08 March 2010

Culture minister Margaret Hodge has placed a temporary export ban on Raphael's Head of a Muse after ruling that an attempt should be made to keep the £26m drawing in the UK.

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Trophy lots set new records at Old Master sales

14 December 2009

The latest Old Master sales in London underlined the importance for auctioneers of securing the best works by major names.

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Lear’s nonsense drawings sold in Chichester

26 October 2009

THE original drawings that Edward Lear made for his 1846 A Book of Nonsense are now rare, and those that exist are for the most part held in institutional collections.

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Was this why Byron was mad, bad and dangerous to know?

01 June 2009

TURN the leaves of ‘A sketchbook belonging to Lady Julia Conyers...’ and you will find some 80 drawings and watercolours by Lady Julia and her society friends that are for the most part unexceptional and predictable.

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Unknown drawings by ‘father of British watercolours’ comes to light in Edinburgh

22 December 2008

A Borders property provided Thomson Roddick (15% buyer's premium) with a sensational discovery for their sale in Rosewell, Edinburgh on December 4.

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The $180,000 Beardsley that hung in a Boston bathroom

24 November 2008

FOUND hanging in a Boston bathroom, the whereabouts of this Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) illustration had been a mystery for more than 80 years. Entitled The Climax, and hanging in the lavatory alongside another Beardsley pen-and-ink drawing called A Platonic Lament, the owners had no idea of its significance.

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