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Benjamin West drawings take a combined £112,000

12 August 2014

Two drawings of Old Testament subjects by the American-born portrait and history painter Benjamin West (1738-1820) proved the highlight of the latest sale of Old Masters & 19th Century Works on Paper at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ saleroom in Mayfair.

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Chapman Brothers sketch in charity auction

30 June 2014

This postcard sketch by the Chapman Brothers is one of a large number created by well-known figures in art, sport, music TV and film to raise money for Action Against Cancer and the Brain Tumor Charity Silas Pullen Fund.

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Lowry’s people on a promenade

14 March 2014

A sketch by LS Lowry will be offered at Peter Wilson of Nantwich in Cheshire on May 1.

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Ivon Hitchens sale is a cut above

05 March 2014

EXHIBITION – In 1956, the woodsman Ted Floate met Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) quite by chance but ended up managing the artist’s estate while also helping with framing and even giving other technical advice.

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Christie’s to offer important Old Master drawings collection

27 February 2014

Christie’s has announced a major consignment of Old Master drawings which will be offered over the next two years in a series of sales in London, Amsterdam and Paris.

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Constable drawings emerge at Cambridge sale

20 February 2014

This pencil drawing by John Constable inscribed ‘Binfiled Decr. 6th 1816’ is believed to have made when the artist was staying in Binfield in Berkshire whilst returning from his honeymoon in Dorset with his wife Maria.

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Voysey drawings for Perrycroft project sell in Stroud

05 August 2013

Herefordshire was judged a little too remote for most Midlands industrialists seeking a rural retreat in the Arts and Crafts idiom.

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Regatta drawing sails to new high for Lowry work on paper

31 May 2013

A pencil drawing by LS Lowry (1887-1976) set an auction record for a work on paper by the artist this week, selling for £175,000.

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19th century scrap album brings intriguing illustrations to light

14 March 2013

Consigned to Rosebery’s two-day sale in West Norwood, London on March 19-20 is a late 19th century scrap album containing some 50 illustrations.

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Philip Webb cartoons for William Morris tapestry – the pride of Hodson collection

05 March 2013

It was during negotiations to secure the future of the Kelmscott Press after the death of William Morris in 1896 that Laurence William Hodson (1863-1933) acquired four watercolour and pencil designs by Philip Webb (1831-1915).

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Price shows why Conor collectors have every reason to dance a jig

10 January 2013

The highly distinctive works on paper by William Conor (1884-1968) documenting working-class life in Ulster come up pretty regularly at auction, mainly because there are simply a lot of them around.

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Raphael drawing tops Old Master series taking £26.5m at Sotheby’s

06 December 2012

It took over 15 minutes to sell, but when the gavel finally came down at £26.5m the Raphael from Chatsworth had become the second most expensive Old Master ever sold at auction – and the priciest drawing of all time.

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Landseer’s dog at debut sale

08 November 2012

This pencil drawing by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73) is of his own dog Brutus and dates from the mid 19th century.

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Raphael drawing from Chatsworth to be sold at Sotheby’s

06 September 2012

Later this year, Sotheby’s will be offering three valuable works of art from the Devonshire collection at Chatsworth House including one of the best Raphael drawings remaining in private hands.

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Norman Mailer manuscripts at Bloomsbury Auctions

18 July 2012

Bloomsbury Auctions will offer 42 original pencil sketches by American novelist Norman Mailer at their July 19 sale 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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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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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.