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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Realism dawns as Parker enjoys record sale

29 March 2021

A private collection of pictures helped Parker Fine Art Auctions to its highest total since opening in Farnham last year.

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Bernini drawing sets auction record

29 March 2021

An Old Master drawing by the Italian Baroque sculptor, architect and artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) sold for a hammer price of €1.55m (£1.34m) at an auction in Compiègne in France.

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Alfred Wainwright strides ever onward

15 March 2021

Drawings by the great fell-walking guidebook author catch the mood of escapism

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The web shop window: Pablo Picasso doodle

15 March 2021

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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Delacroix work owned by Degas offered at Christie’s Paris

15 March 2021

The work of Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) will feature prominently in the dedicated sale of Old Master and 19th century drawings at Christie’s Paris.

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Trade tastes a virtual slice of the Big Apple

08 March 2021

Without the usual January influx of collectors, curators and dealers to the Big Apple, two significant art-buying dealer events decided to go virtual. For some exhibitors, the results were better than expected.

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Works boosted by Ford family values

01 March 2021

Collection in Cheltenham auction is latest in a series of valuable consignments with Ford family distinguished provenance

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Vigée-Lebrun returns from exile

01 March 2021

Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842) was one of the most prolific painters of her era, creating up to 1000 works of art, the majority of them portraits.

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Barbara Jones sketchbook offered at Firsts online winter edition

15 February 2021

A sketchbook by English artist and muralist Barbara Jones (1912-78) is among the items for sale at 'Firsts Online: Winter Edition'.

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Bidders hope to hook a Guercino

08 February 2021

Label, listed provenance and technical qualities lead to a contest to land a possible big Guercino catch.

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Poignant pictures by doomed polar explorer sold in Surrey

08 February 2021

Three small sketches of polar scenes caught the attention at a recent auction held by Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley in Surrey.

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Pencil drawings by Sir John Tenniel for Lewis Carroll’s stories emerge in Connecticut

01 February 2021

A plentiful supply of material of British and European interest was on offer among the 703 lots of furniture, jewellery, decorative objects and fine art offered at a recent sale at Nadeau’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Windsor, Connecticut.

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Letter including drawing of turbulent lovers Verlaine and Rimbaud sold at at Christie’s

01 February 2021

Sold for €160,000 (£144,145) was a letter sent by Félix Régamy to his brother Frédéric including a drawing of Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine in England.

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Striking a pose for nearly 50 years

18 January 2021

Life model depicted by Freud, Auerbach and even Lennon amassed her own art collection

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'Christmas gift' Fragonard on offer at Christie’s

18 January 2021

Christie’s Old Master and British drawings sale will take place as an online auction from January 14-28.

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Swedish painter’s alpine view brings a sense of place to Master Drawings New York

18 January 2021

“It was the first time I found myself in front of a glacier, alone in the infinite silence and solitude of the snow mountain, surrounded by the overwhelming majesty of nature…”

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Pontormo provides bright spark in a grey world

18 January 2021

This recently discovered grisaille painting of Adam and Eve by the Florentine Mannerist artist Jacopo Carucci (1494-1557), known as Pontormo, is the centrepiece of a new exhibition of monochromatic works at New York gallery Nicholas Hall.

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Rowlandson view of Cornwall comes to Doyle in New York

18 January 2021

Doyle of New York is selling property from the estate of Mrs Henry Ford II on January 25. The auction will include furniture and decorative objects, art, books and fashion jewellery.

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Hugs and kisses, Christopher Robin

18 January 2021

Mounted in an autograph book that was compiled from 1937 onwards by Miss Joyce Cartmell, a sketch of Christopher Robin was a highlight of a Yorkshire sale.

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Major early van Dyck among highlights at Sotheby’s Master Week sales

18 January 2021

Two auctions devoted to drawings and works on paper, one single-owner, one mixed-owner, form part of Sotheby’s Master Week sales, both staged on January 27.

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