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.


Jill Newhouse Gallery at Master Drawings New York 2018

22 January 2018

Jill Newhouse, a New York dealer with a gallery on East 81st Street, is a veteran of Master Drawings New York, having taken part for many years.


Waterfall drawing discovered by art critic Brian Sewell saved for the nation by British Museum

04 January 2018

The British Museum has saved for the nation an 18th century drawing by Austrian Romantic artist Joseph Anton Koch (1768-1839) after it was sold at auction from the estate of art critic Brian Sewell.

drawing by Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss)

Dr Seuss drawing offered at Swann in New York

20 November 2017

Theodor Geisel, writer, cartoonist and artist, is better known as Dr Seuss, the author of a host of children’s books. These are now famous the world over for the magical way in which they used a repetitive vocabulary and striking images to aid reading and render it an enjoyable experience.


Dutch artist’s Indonesian work emerges in Taunton

20 November 2017

A market-fresh drawing of a Balinese lady by the Dutch artist Willem Gerard Hofker (1902-81) soared to £8500 at Greenslade Taylor Hunt (19% buyer’s premium) in Taunton.


Pick of the Week: The two sides of Alberto Giacometti

16 October 2017

A double-sided drawing by Alberto Giacometti of his classic elongated head and figure designs has been sold at auction in Cambridge for £130,000.


Battlefield to world of fashion

16 October 2017

The third and final exhibition of Brian Stonehouse’s (1918-98) fashion illustrations at Abbott and Holder opens this month, running from October 19-December 22.

Drawing by Alberto Giacometti

WATCH: Alberto Giacometti drawing takes £130,000 at Cambridge auction

12 October 2017

A double-sided sketch by Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) has posted one of the highest prices ever for a 20th century drawing sold at a UK regional saleroom. It sold at Cheffins of Cambridge today for £130,000.


'Master Drawings New York' adds sculpture and paintings to create ‘critical mass’

02 October 2017

The Master Drawings New York (MDNY) initiative has expanded its brief for 2018 to include painting and sculpture dealers among its 30 participants for the first time.


Exhibition of John Linnell opens in Mason's Yard

25 September 2017

English painter and engraver John Linnell (1792-1882) created portraits, religious works and sweeping views of the English countryside.


Remember to always read the label

18 September 2017

Details on the back of a pastel drawing lead to detective work and royal portraitist connection...

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Three centuries of English works on paper to draw bidders at Freeman’s latest auction

06 September 2017

A sale packed with English works on paper spanning the early 19th to early 21st centuries takes place at Freeman’s in Philadelphia on September 18.


Mr Benn’s adventure in a London gallery

14 August 2017

Mr Benn is already the hero of his own series of illustrated children’s books and a 13-episode BBC animated programme. In his 50th year, however, there are displays of renewed interest in this adventurous everyman.


Giacometti drawings emerge from the dust

14 August 2017

Cheffins of Cambridge is offering two drawings by Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) at auction on October 12.

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Pop art pioneer Eduardo Paolozzi's study for London Tube station mosaic offered at Edinburgh auction

27 July 2017

When London’s Tottenham Court Road Underground station started its £400m refurb, one of the trickiest tasks was not the tracks, the signals, ticket office or any of the usual suspects. Instead, it was tackling 950 square metres of mosaics designed by one of the most celebrated of 20th century British artists.


Getty Museum chooses Old Master drawings for biggest-ever acquisition

24 July 2017

Los Angeles’ J Paul Getty Museum has bought 16 Old Master drawings in its largest-ever purchase by value.


Cartoonist auction price shows Max effect

24 July 2017

This work above by the popular cartoonist Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) was a highlight of Mallams’ library sale on June 21.


Children’s classics in the Vienna Secession avant garde

24 July 2017

A superb suite of the original ink and gouache drawings – one shown here – made by Carl Otto Czeschka to illustrate a 1908 edition of Die Niebelungen dem Deutschen Volke sold at $290,000 (£224,805) in a Sotheby’s New York (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) sale of June 6 called Important Design.


Canaletto creates a Venetian crowning glory

17 July 2017

A record-breaking Canaletto (1697-1768) drawing was the toast of the capital’s Old Masters drawings sales.

Schmadribach Waterfall

Government issues export bar for 18th century waterfall drawing in hope of finding UK buyer

03 July 2017

The department of culture, media and sport has issued an export bar on an 18th century drawing of Schmadribach Waterfall by Austrian Romantic artist Joseph Anton Koch (1768-1839) and launched a search for a UK buyer to match the asking price of £68,750.


Girl power fuels demand for drawing and etching in Kent

03 July 2017

Exactly a week before Harry Rutherford’s ‘Camden Town’ painting sold in London (see separate Art Market story this edition), a small undated sketch, Female Nude, by his prolific mentor and tutor Walter Sickert (1860-1942) cropped up in Kent.